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Bomb Kills 7, Wounds 22 In Iraq Market

A car bomb exploded in a market in the northern city of Mosul on Monday, killing at least seven people and wounding 22, police said.

The attack was aimed at a police patrol but missed its target and hit the market instead.

At least seven civilians were killed and 22 were wounded, Dr. Baha al-Bakri of the Mosul General Hospital said. Five cars also were left charred, police said.

In other developments:

  • A mortar struck a popular market in northeastern Baghdad Monday, wounding three people.
  • Slain terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been buried in an undisclosed location, the U.S. military and Iraqi government officials said Sunday. Al-Zarqawi's family had called for his body to be returned to Jordan for burial, but the government in Amman had refused because of the triple suicide bombing his al Qaeda in Iraq organization carried out in the country last year. Al-Zarqawi was killed June 7 in a U.S. air strike northeast of Baghdad.
  • Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden issued an Internet message Saturday addressing Islamist militants in Iraq and Somalia. Speaking to Iraqi fighters, he said in his fifth statement this year and his second in two days, that the Islamic community was depending on them.
  • A parked car bomb exploded at a popular outdoor market Saturday in a Shiite slum in Baghdad, killing at least 66 people and wounding nearly 100, authorities said.
  • Also Saturday, gunmen kidnapped a Sunni female member of parliament in a Shiite area of the capital, officials said. Lawmaker Tayseer Mashhadani was traveling from nearby Diyala province in a three-car convoy to attend a parliament session Sunday in Baghdad when her party was stopped by gunmen in the east of the city, officials said. The Iraqi Accordance Front, Iraq's largest Sunni Arab bloc in parliament, said it will stop attending the legislative meetings until Mashhadani is returned.
  • Investigators believe the U.S. soldiers suspected of raping an Iraqi woman, then killing her and members of her family plotted the attack for nearly a week, a U.S. military official said Saturday. The accused soldiers were from the same platoon as privates Kristian Menchaca and Thomas Turner, who were killed by insurgents. The military has said one and possibly both of the slain soldiers were tortured and beheaded.

    Monday's market attack underscored the increasing danger facing coalition forces in predominantly Shiite southern Iraq, which has been relatively quiet during a more than three-year-old Sunni-led insurgency but has seen an increase in attacks in recent months.

    A self-styled Shiite Muslim insurgent group has pledged to fight American, British and other coalition forces but to spare Iraqi civilians and soldiers.

    "We have been patient enough and we have given the political process a chance," the Islamic Resistance in Iraq — Abbas Brigades said in a videotape aired Sunday by a Lebanese TV station.

    Also Monday, people in the Sunni neighborhood of Azamiyah in northern Baghdad ventured back out onto the streets a day after fierce clashes between Iraqi soldiers and gunmen. The clashes broke out after attackers fired nine rockets, some of which landed near the country's most revered Sunni shrine, the Grand Imam Abu Hanifa mosque, and lasted about three hours, witnesses said.