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Hundred die in Iraq attacks

Bombers and gunmen seen as linked to a battered but still lethal al-Qaida killed at least 100 people and injured more than 300 yesterday in a series of attacks across Iraq.

The attacks in locations including Baghdad and towns in the south appeared to be aimed at showing Iraqis that Sunni Islamist insurgents were still a potent forces.

In the bloodiest incident, two suicide car bombers drove into a textile factory as workers were ending a shift in the town of Hilla, 100 miles south of Baghdad. At least 45 people died, hospital and police officials said.

In the city of Basra, a bomb exploded at a market, killing 21 people. Earlier, bombers killed 13 people in a marketplace in al-Suwayra. In Baghdad, gunmen killed at least seven soldiers and policemen when they attacked checkpoints. Other attacks took the toll above 100.

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