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Attacks across Iraq leave 61 dead

Times Staff Writer

Children, soldiers and scholars were among the victims Monday in another day of indiscriminate bombings, shootings and shelling around the country that killed at least 61 Iraqis.

Police said at least 12 Iraqis were killed and 28 injured when mortar rounds hit a poor, mostly Shiite neighborhood in southeastern Baghdad. Those killed included a 2-year-old girl.

A suicide bomber on Aden Square in northern Baghdad struck an Iraqi army checkpoint at a Shiite shrine, killing five Iraqis and injuring 25.

Gunmen entered a house in west Baghdad and shot dead a man, his wife and their four daughters. An 18-month-old baby was spared.

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The bullet-riddled bodies of 22 men were found dumped in various locations in western Baghdad.

An explosion killed four people and injured six at the entrance to Baghdad’s Mustansiriya University, site of a massive bombing this month that killed dozens of students.

The U.S. military said a Marine died Monday after being wounded in Al Anbar province.

A bomb blast in northeastern Baghdad killed a day laborer and injured two others waiting on a corner.

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A sniper shot dead a policeman guarding a bank in central Baghdad.

A car bomb in eastern Baghdad killed one person and injured five.

In the agricultural district north of Baqubah, gunmen killed a child watching a soccer game with his father. Six players were wounded.

A bomb blast near a political party headquarters in Kirkuk killed one and injured five.

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A suicide bomber struck a small mosque in Tuz Khurmatu, south of Kirkuk, killing two and injuring six.

A roadside bomb south of the city killed one civilian.

South of the capital, gunmen killed a civilian leaving his home near Hillah.

Police fished the bodies of three men from the Tigris River, near the town of Suwayrah. One of the victims wore an army uniform and had been beheaded.

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The other two had been shot in the head and chest and bore clear marks of torture.

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daragahi@latimes.com

Special correspondents in Baghdad, Baqubah, Hillah, Kirkuk and Taji contributed to this report.

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