Violence continues in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) -- It's a third straight day of bombings in Baghdad, where attacks have left at least nine people dead.

At least four died when a car bomb ripped through a busy downtown shopping area during the morning rush. Fifteen others were injured.

A second car bomb hit near a school, killing at least five people. Police said a roadside bomb in the same Shiite neighborhood injured seven people, including three policemen.

The latest attacks follow two days of morning rush hour blasts in Baghdad that killed more than 30 people and wounded about 70.

Violence had fallen sharply in the capital before this month.

Many of the recent attacks have targeted Iraqi police and army patrols, as well as commuters and government officials heading to work.

The Iraqi military says it's taking steps to curb what it calls "the increasing number of terrorist attacks" in Baghdad. A military spokesman says measures would include pre-emptive strikes on suspected militants.

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

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