Children killed in Baghdad blasts

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At least 46 people were killed in Baghdad today as three bombs exploded while a US convoy was passing. More than 200 other people were wounded.

Many of the victims were children. The attack happened during a ceremony marking the opening of a new sewage system in the neighborhood.

Interior Ministry spokesman Col. Adnan Abdul-Rahman said two car bombs and a roadside bomb exploded in swift succession as the convoy was driving through the al-Amel neighborhood.

A US helicopter evacuated some of the wounded while others circled overhead, an Associated Press photographer reported from the scene. US forces sealed off the area.

* An explosion targeting police in the northern Iraq city of Talafar killed at least four people and wounded 16, Iraqi and US officials said.

* West of Baghdad, a suicide attacker exploded a car bomb in front of a government complex at Abu Gharaib, killing at least one US soldier and two Iraqi policemen and wounding more than 60 people, Iraqi and coalition officials said. The attack targeted a compound in the area housing the mayor's office and a police station.

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