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Iraq Bombings Kill Scores, Expose Fragile Leadership, Poor Security

Tuesday, 08 December 2009 09:16 AM

BAGHDAD -- A series of bombings apparently targeting educational facilities and other crowded areas killed scores of people in Baghdad on Tuesday morning.

Authorities said at least 112 people were killed and 425 were wounded. At least five bombings were reported, with the explosives detonating minutes apart, starting at approximately 10:15 a.m.

The violence marred a week during which the government had hoped two positive developments -- the passing of an election law on Sunday, and the upcoming auction of oil field contracts to foreign companies -- would dominate headlines.

Iraq's three-member presidential council voted Tuesday to schedule parliamentary elections on March 6, a seven-week delay from the original date, after months of wrangling over how the balloting will work.

Iraqi and American officials say insurgents will likely try to continue attacks in the months leading up to the elections.

One bomb on Tuesday apparently targeted a courthouse in Mansour district, in central Baghdad. Another bombing was reported near Mustansiriya University, one of the country's most prominent colleges. Another one, in Waziryia, detonated close to the Judicial Institute, a complex where judges are trained.

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