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Baghdad security still fragile despite clampdown

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In the space of just two days Baghdad has witnessed several bomb attacks and scores of sectarian killings that have undermined hopes a security clampdown would bring some stability. Two car bombs targeting police killed 22 people this morning and wounded another 76 people. The first killed 14 outside Baghdad’s traffic police headquarters, a second targeted guard at an electricity station in the east of the city. Police have recovered some 60 bodies around the capital, apparent victims of Iraq’s continuing and increasingly sectarian bloodshed. The discovery of the bodies, most of which appear to have been tortured, indicates the month-long security operation in the capital has failed to stop the sectarian death squads. Elsewhere in the country two more US soldiers have been killed in attacks by insurgents.