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TUZ KHORMATO, Iraq — A suicide bomber detonated a truck full of explosives in the market of a Shi’ite farm town yesterday, killing more than 100 people and leveling nearby mud-brick buildings, police said.
Separately, eight American troops and a British soldier were killed in fighting over two days.
The blast north of Baghdad, hours after a smaller suicide bombing in another Shi’ite village killed more than 20, suggested Sunni militants are regrouping to carry out attacks in regions farther away from the capital, where security is thinner.
The morning explosion ripped through a market in Armili. Farmers’ pickup trucks drove victims 30 miles to the nearest hospital, in Tuz Khormato.
Authorities and residents spent hours digging bodies out of the rubble of two dozen shops and houses, police said. Accounts of the final toll varied, hampered by the difficulty of the search and the town’s remote location.
Armili, 100 miles north of Baghdad, is a town of 26,000, mostly Shi’ites from Iraq’s Turkmen ethnic minority. Residents said tensions were constantly high with Sunni Arabs who dominate the surrounding villages. Iraqi security presence is scant in the remote corner of Salahuddin province.
The night before, a suicide bomber detonated a booby-trapped car at a funeral in the Shi’ite Kurdish village of Zargosh, in neighboring Diyala province, police said.
The blast killed 22 persons and wounded 17, said the head of the Diyala provincial council, Ibrahim Bajilan, and a police official in the provincial capital of Baqouba, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press. The village is home to about 30 Kurdish families who had been expelled under Saddam Hussein and returned after his fall.
In Baghdad — where the number of attacks has fallen in recent weeks — a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed minibus near an Iraqi army patrol in the eastern Zayouna district yesterday, killing five soldiers and a civilian, police said.
The U.S. military in Iraq, beefed up by new deployments this year, is conducting an intensified security crackdown in the capital aimed at bringing calm to Baghdad. At the same time, U.S. forces are fighting south of Baghdad and to the north, around Baqouba, aiming to uproot al Qaeda fighters and other Sunni insurgents who use the areas as staging ground for attacks in the capital.
American commanders said many insurgent leaders fled Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, just ahead of the U.S. assault there.
“Because of the recent American military operations, terrorists found a good hide-out in Salahuddin province, especially in outlying areas where there aren’t enough military forces,” said Ahmed al-Jubouri, an aide of the province’s governor.
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