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    Baghdad shut down for the day http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E14E2935-BBDC-45EF-894C-B8EDB25349F0.htm Saturday 30 September 2006, 9:30 Makka Time, 6:30
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      Baghdad shut down for the day

      http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E14E2935-BBDC-45EF-894C-B8EDB25349F0.htm
      Saturday 30 September 2006, 9:30 Makka Time, 6:30 GMT


      Cars and pedestrians have been ordered off the streets of Baghdad after the
      Iraqi government announced a one-day curfew.


      No reason has been given for the curfew which the prime minister's office said
      would last until 6am on Sunday.

      US commanders have said that the first week of the Islamic fasting month of
      Ramadan has seen a record number of suicide bombings, and the last two weeks
      have seen a significant surge in violence.

      Residents of the al-Adhamiya neighbourhood in the north of the city said they
      heard gunfire and explosions near dusk on Friday.

      A security crackdown singling out insurgents, militias and sectarian death
      squads, begun by US and Iraqi security forces seven weeks ago, is ongoing in
      Baghdad.

      Other violence

      Outside the capital sporadic violence continued around Iraq.

      In the northern, mainly Kurdish city of Kirkuk, a car bomb exploded in front
      of a police colonel's house. At least 10 people were wounded, police sources
      said.

      In Iskandariya, 40km south of Baghdad, a roadside bomb killed one person and
      wounded four.

      A suicide car bomb also targeting an Iraqi army checkpoint in the northern
      town of Tal Afar killing two people and wounding 30, the town's mayor said.


      Reuters
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