Bombings kill dozens in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Two bombings in Baghdad have left at least 31 people dead.

Police say the first blast struck a minibus carrying young girls to school. The second came when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives belt from within the crowd that had gathered around the vehicle.

About 71 other people were reported wounded in the attacks, the deadliest to hit Baghdad in many weeks.

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombings, but a U.S. official says attacks on civilians are a "trademark" of al-Qaida in Iraq.

Elsewhere in Iraq, police say a female suicide bomber targeted a security checkpoint in Baqouba. Five people were killed, including the leader of a Sunni group opposed to al-Qaida. Fifteen more people were wounded.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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