Blood Day with Series of Bombings

A video grab shows the scene of an explosion in Marmaris, Turkey August 28, 2006

A suicide bombing in Afghanistan Monday killed killed 17 people and wounded 47 while a suicide bomb car slammed into a checkpoint outside the Iraqi Interior Ministry in downtown Baghdad, killing 14 people and wounding dozens and a bomb blast blew apart a minibus in a Turkish tourist resort late Sunday injuring 21 people including 10 British tourists.

The suicide bombing in a crowded southern Afghanistan bazaar Monday killed 17 people and wounded 47, a provincial official said.

The attacker blew himself up in a market in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province. "As a result, 17 people were martyred, 47 were wounded. Fifteen among the wounded are kids," spokesman Haji Muhaidin Khan told AFP.

On Monday, the suicide car bomber slammed into a checkpoint outside the Interior Ministry in downtown Baghdad, killing 14 people and wounding dozens, police said.
The attack occurred at midmorning, when traffic is usually heavy, and the blast was heard a mile away.

Police 1st Lt. Ahmed Mohammed Ali said eight policemen were among the dead. Among the injured were 17 policemen, he said.

Meanwhile, four American soldiers died when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in northern Baghdad, the U.S. military command said Monday. Another roadside bomb killed a U.S. soldier in western Baghdad, while gunfire in the eastern part of the capital killed another.

The military had earlier reported the death an American soldier Saturday in a roadside bomb southeast of Baghdad, making it one of the deadliest weekends for the U.S. military. More than 2,600 U.S. military personnel have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press Count.

A bomb blast blew apart a minibus in a Turkish tourist resort late Sunday injuring 21 people including 10 British tourists, the local police chief said.
 
The explosion was in the popular Mediterranean resort town of Marmaris. There were two other bomb blasts at the same time in garbage cans on the main boulevard in Marmaris, the state-owned Anatolia news agency reported. The area is lined with bars, clubs, cafes and restaurants. There were no reports of injuries in those blasts.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast. Kurdish guerrillas have in the past carried out such attacks against tourist resorts.

Source: AFP, AP

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