- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 5, 2009

BAGHDAD (AP) A car bomb exploded Thursday in a crowded cattle market south of Baghdad, killing at least 10 people and injuring 32 others, Iraqi police and medical officials said.

The parked car exploded at the height of the morning buying and selling at the market on the outskirts of Hillah, 60 miles (95 kilometers) south of Baghdad, said Iraqi police Maj. Muthana Khalid.

While violence has declined dramatically in Iraq during the past 18 months, there are growing concerns about a possible upward trend in bloodshed after a series of high-profile attacks on civilians and U.S. and Iraqi security forces in recent weeks.

All of the dead and injured in Thursday’s bombing were civilians, Khalid said. Dr. Hussam al-Janabi, a medical official in Hillah, confirmed the casualty figures.

Markets, mosques and religious shrines have been a favorite target in Iraq of insurgents because of the possibility of high casualty counts.

Khalid said the bombing took place in an agricultural area on the outskirts of Hillah, a popular livestock market area.

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