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Sunday, 03 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Baghdad

Powerful blasts triggered by female suicide attackers ripped through two Baghdad pet markets on Friday, killing 64 people in the most lethal bombings in the Iraqi capital in six months, officials said.

The apparently coordinated attacks 20 minutes apart were orchestrated by al-Qaeda, the US military said.

Major General Qasim Ata, spokesman for the Baghdad security plan, told state television both suicide attacks were carried out by women and that 'one was not an Iraqi.'

Interior and defence ministry officials put the toll from both bombings at 64 killed and 107 wounded, while president Jalal Talabani said as many as 70 had died in 'brutal attacks carried out by terrorists.'

They were the most devastating attacks in Baghdad since August 1, when three car bombs killed more than 80 people. The police said the first bomb struck the popular Al-Ghazl pet market in central Baghdad at around 10:00am as hundreds of people were out enjoying the Muslim weekly holiday.

The second bombing about 20 minutes later rocked a pet market in south-eastern Baghdad Al-Jadida neighbourhood, which was also crowded, security officials said.

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