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Bus bomb kills four south of Baghdad

Written by: Staff

HILLA, Iraq, Feb 26 (Reuters) A minibus today exploded in a large bus station south of Baghdad killing at least four people and wounding six, police said.

They said the minibus blew up in the crowded station in the centre of Hilla, part of a cluster of towns in a religiously mixed area south of the capital where insurgents are active.

Fearful of civil war, Iraq's leaders have been trying to ease sectarian tensions since the bombing of a Sh'ite shrine in the northern city of Samarra on Wednesday triggered a wave of sectarian violence that has killed at least 200 people.

While the town of Hilla is mainly Shi'ite, its outlying villages are mainly Sunni. Hilla was the site of the bloodiest single al Qaeda bombing in Iraq, when a suicide bomber blew up his car a year ago killing at least 125 people.


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