Explosion Kills Shiite Laborers in Iraq

An explosion in Baghdad's Sadr City district kills more than two-dozen people, and wounding at least 60 others. All of the victims were Shiite day laborers lined up looking for work.

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More violence today in Baghdad. This time it was an explosion in the capital Sadr City district that killed more than two-dozen people and wounded some 60 others. All the victims were Shiite day laborers lined up looking for work.

The blast tore through food stalls and shops and was believed to be caused by a bomb hidden in a garbage can. The sectarian violence that has been plaguing Baghdad and other Iraqi cities is claiming about a hundred lives a day.

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