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Car Bomb in Baghdad Kills 10, Brother of Vice President Assassinated


Violence in Iraq claimed more lives as a car bomb at a busy market in the Iraqi capital killed at least 10 people, and the brother of the country's Sunni Arab vice president was assassinated inside his Baghdad home.

Iraqi officials say the car bomb attack on the market in Baghdad's Shaab neighborhood late Monday also wounded at least 23 others.

Earlier in the day, unidentified gunmen broke into the home of Amir al-Hashimi, the brother of Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, killing him.

Iraqi authorities, meanwhile, arrested the head of the mess hall, four cooks and a contractor responsible for supplying food to a base where hundreds of Iraqi police officers suffered food poisoning during a meal ending their Ramadan fast Sunday.

The arrests came after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered an investigation into the incident at the base in Numaniya southeast of Baghdad. It is still unclear if the poisoning was intentional or an accident.

Meanwhile, a Kurdish woman has testified at the genocide trial of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, which resumed Monday after a two-week break. The woman said Saddam's forces destroyed her village and buried her family alive in the late 1980s.

Another witness, a Kurdish farmer, said Iraqi forces destroyed his village in 1988, and his mother, pregnant wife and other family members disappeared.

Saddam and six co-defendants were all present in the courtroom, but defense lawyers continued a boycott of the hearings.

In other violence, a suicide car bombing today at a police checkpoint in the northern town of Tal Afar killed one policeman and wounded 11 other people.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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