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Suicide blast kills 2 at Iraq elderly home

At least 11 killed, 60 wounded in day's violence around country
A woman weeps at the site of a market bombing Tuesday in Baghdad.


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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Violence across Iraq Tuesday killed at least 11 people and wounded 60, including two dead and two injured when a suicide bomb exploded inside a senior citizens home in Basra, police said.

The bomb apparently was strapped to someone who walked inside the home for elderly Iraqi women in the morning and detonated it, police in the southern city said.

Police said four people were killed and 10 wounded early Tuesday evening when a car bomb exploded on a commercial street in the Hurriya neighborhood, a mixed Sunni-Shiite area in northwestern Baghdad.

At least three people were killed and 18 others wounded when a car bomb exploded in a market in east Baghdad's Sadr City, a Shiite neighborhood, police said.

A bomb killed two people and wounded 28 others in a crowded market in the Bab al-Shurji commercial district of central Baghdad, police said.

Another car bomb wounded one person in the Saydiya neighborhood of western Baghdad, police said.

The head of the local council in southern Baghdad's Dora neighborhood was wounded in a drive-by shooting Tuesday, police said.

Hassan Mahol was riding in a car near his office when gunmen sprayed the car with bullets, police said.

Iraqi police reported finding six bodies in Baghdad neighborhoods Tuesday, each showing signs of torture and gunshots to the head.

Police: U.S. bombing kills 13

The U.S. military bombed a poultry farm early Tuesday 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of Baquba, north of the capital, killing 13 people and wounding four, police said.

A journalist hired by CNN said at least three children and two elderly men were among the dead.

It appeared that those killed were guarding the farm, and some of them were sleeping inside and on top of a chicken house, said the journalist, who was at the scene.

The U.S. military did not respond to CNN requests for comment, but did issue a statement about raids in the area early Tuesday.

It said coalition forces killed 15 terrorists and captured three other suspects during simultaneous raids north of Baquba.

U.S. soldiers' bodies mutilated

The bodies of two U.S. soldiers found Monday night were mutilated and booby-trapped, military sources said Tuesday.

Pfc. Kristian Menchaca and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker went missing after a Friday attack on a traffic control checkpoint in Yusufiya, 12 miles (20 kilometers) south of Baghdad. (Full story)

The bodies had been desecrated and a visual identification was impossible, part of the reason DNA testing was being conducted to verify their identities, the sources said.

An al Qaeda-affiliated group claimed Monday it kidnapped the two missing U.S. soldiers, although the claim could not be verified. (Full story)

Other developments

  • Military investigators have concluded two California National Guardsmen were shot and killed in June 2004 by Iraqi soldiers on patrol with them, Army officials said Tuesday. The two U.S. soldiers, Spc. Patrick R. McCaffrey Sr., 34, and 1st Lt. Andre D. Tyson, 33, were originally reported to have died in an ambush.
  • A senior al Qaeda in Iraq leader, Mansur Sulayman Mansur Khalif, also known as Sheikh Mansur, was killed Friday when coalition forces targeted a vehicle in which he and two others were riding, military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said Tuesday. Mansur led various cells in the Yusufiya area south of Baghdad, Caldwell said.
  • Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi announced Tuesday that his country will withdraw its ground troops from Iraq. Japan's 600 troops, based in the southern Muthanna province, are all noncombat personnel helping to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure. (Full story)
  • Australia will review its military commitment to Iraq based on the performance of Iraqi security forces in Muthanna, Defense Minister Brendan Nelson said Tuesday. British and Iraqi officials announced Monday that British troops would be turning over responsibility for security in the province to Iraqis in July.
  • President Bush arrived in Austria Tuesday night ahead of a summit with European Union leaders, where he is expected push for more international aid for the fledgling Iraqi government. (Full story)
  • CNN's Cal Perry, Barbara Starr, Nic Robertson and Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.

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