- Associated Press - Thursday, October 7, 2010

BAGHDAD (AP) — Back-to-back bombings at a vegetable market south of Baghdad on Thursday afternoon killed at least five people, an Iraqi medical official said.

The blasts in Iskandariyah, about 30 miles south of Baghdad, also wounded at least 20 people, according to Dr. Nahid al-Maamouri of the Iskandariyah Hospital.

The first explosion came around 4:45 p.m., during the busy afternoon shopping hours ahead of the Muslim weekend. The second bomb hit about five minutes later, witnesses said, as people rushed to the attack scene to help.

The area was once controlled by Sunni insurgents, who have been waging sporadic attacks in an apparent effort to reassert their influence in former strongholds.

Nearby, gunmen killed a member of a Sunni militia formed to battle insurgents just hours earlier on Thursday.

Police Maj. Muthana Khalid said a member of a so-called Awakening Council unit, or Sahwa, was killed in a drive-by shooting near his house just outside Iskandariyah.

Suspected Sunni insurgents often target members of the civilian militias that allied with Iraqi and U.S. forces.


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