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Dozens killed in Iraq bomb wave

ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Attacks on Shi'ite Muslims killed at least 59 people across Iraq on Thursday (October 17), including a suicide truck bomb targeting members of the country's Shabak minority, police and medics said. Shabaks are mainly Shi'ite. Ten bombs exploded in primarily Shi'ite districts of the Iraqi capital late on Thursday, killing 44 people in all, police and medics said. Two restaurants in the al-Maamel district in eastern Baghdad were hit by car bomb blasts, as was the district of Grayat in the north of the city. Sinaa street in central Baghdad, and the districts of Husseiniya, al-Jidida, al-Dora, al-Shurta, al-Rabi'a and al-Bayaa were also targeted by car bombs, said the police. They said that the blast near restaurants in the poor Shi'ite district of eastern district of Al-Maamel killed six children and wounded 14 others, while two other car bomb attacks in the Grayat district killed at least three people and wounded 18 others.

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