Many killed in Iraq blasts

A series of attacks in and around Baghdad have killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens. Also the US military announced the deaths of four American soldiers, killed a day earlier in an explosion in Baghdad.

Many killed in Iraq blasts
A series of attacks in and around Baghdad have killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens.
 
In the deadliest attack, at least 15 people were killed and 25 wounded in a blast in the town of Mahmudiya, 30 km south of the capital, a security official said.
   
Police said the blast on Sunday was caused by a Katyusha rocket, but Muaid al-Amiri, the town's mayor, said it was a car bomb that targeted industrial workshops.
 
One multi-storey building was completely demolished and the death toll was expected to rise, he said.

Many of those wounded were in their homes at the time of the blast.

Another four people were killed and six wounded in a car bomb attack in Baghdad's district of Al-Alam.

A policeman was killed and another two wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their patrol in the district of Adhamiya.

US toll

Also on Sunday, the US military announced the deaths of four American soldiers, killed a day earlier in an explosion near their vehicle in Diyala province northeast of Baghdad.

The four US soldiers killed on Saturday were assigned to Task Force Lightning, the US military said in a statement. A fifth soldier was wounded in the blast.

Diyala province, which lies northeast of Baghdad, has seen a spike in attacks on US and Iraqi forces since the start of a plan two months ago to pacify the capital.

US forces said they have captured a senior al-Qaeda leader and two others in a raid on Sunday morning in Baghdad.

The al-Qaeda figure was identified as "the gatekeeper to the al-Qaeda emir of Baghdad" and was linked to several car bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital, the US military said in a statement, without naming the captive
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