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    Default Explosions rock central Baghdad

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Three explosions near two hotels housing journalists rocked Iraq's capital at sunset Monday, killing 10 people and wounding 22, Baghdad emergency police said.

    Police said the three blasts were caused by suicide bombers using two car bombs and a cement truck, but journalists in one of the hotels said the first two explosions were rockets, followed by a car bomb.

    A statement from the Combined Press Information Center said the explosions were a combination of rockets and car bombs, and said no coalition forces were injured in the attack.

    The third blast was larger than the initial explosions and went off as police and emergency crews rushed to the scene.

    The flash from the explosion could be seen more than a mile and a half away, CNN's Nic Robertson said.

    The bombs went off near the Palestine Hotel and another hotel, which overlook Firdos Square, where Iraqis and U.S. troops pulled down a statue of Saddam Hussein after the April 2003, U.S.-led invasion.

    Authorities said they would investigate how suicide bombers were able to get so close to the hotels in the high-security neighborhood.

    Several shops and businesses were damaged, Baghdad police said

    The blasts occurred when people would normally be heading home to break their daily Ramadan fast, Robertson said.

    Central Iraq attacks
    In southwestern Baghdad, gunmen killed a city official in the Saydiya neighborhood Monday morning, the Interior Ministry said.

    About the same time, the body of a man was found in a sewage canal in the Rustumiya area of southern Baghdad.

    Also Monday, the Interior Ministry said a car bomb exploded near an Iraqi police patrol in northern Baghdad's Shaab neighborhood, wounding five people, including two Iraqi police officers.

    A Marine assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed in action Sunday by small-arms fire during combat operations in Ramadi, the U.S. military said on Monday.

    The death brings to 1,998 the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq since the U.S. invasion.

    Twelve construction workers were killed Sunday evening near the city of Musayyib, about 40 miles (60 km) south of Baghdad, when gunmen opened fire on them, police said.

    Another person at the construction site was kidnapped.

    Referendum results trickle in
    Election officials said Monday that the vote count from the province of Nineveh could determine whether Iraq's draft constitution passes.

    That province has a significant Sunni Arab population. Sunnis were highly vocal in their opposition to the constitution ahead of the October 15 vote.

    So far, the western province of Anbar -- also with a large Sunni population -- overwhelmingly voted against the document, with a vote of 96 percent.

    In Salaheddin province, 82 percent rejected it.

    If two-thirds or more of the votes in three or more provinces turn out to be "no," the referendum will fail.

    Authorities with the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq said Monday that 7 million people voted in the referendum on the draft constitution, and the count so far showed 76 percent voted to approve it.

    When questioned about extreme results, including the 99 percent "yes" vote in one Kurdish province, electoral officials said that United Nations experts and Iraqi teams verified the results.

    Shiites and Kurds have largely backed the constitution.

    Other developments

    A former Iraqi intelligence officer who is critically ill testified before the Iraqi Special Tribunal in a special session Sunday in the case against former dictator Saddam Hussein, the chief investigative judge told CNN. The testimony came as the Iraqi Lawyers Union called on all Iraqi lawyers to refuse to appear before the tribunal until the killing of Sadoon Janabi -- an attorney for a Hussein co-defendant -- is solved.

    Four American contractors were killed in an attack north of Baghdad on September 20, the U.S. military said Sunday. Another two Americans were injured in the attack near Duluiyah, said Maj. Richard Goldenberg, spokesman for Task Force Liberty, 42nd Infantry Division. U.S. contractor KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton Co., said three of its employees were killed that day, said Halliburton spokeswoman Cathy Mann.

    Two bodies were found Saturday in Diyala province in the southern suburbs of Baquba, police said. Police have not identified the bodies, but the victims' ages were estimated between 25 and 30 years old. They were shot in the head with their hands tied behind their backs, police said.

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    Default Re: Explosions rock central Baghdad

    Man i just wish these extremists would stop killing innocent people.


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