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Violence Continues in Iraq


Violence continued in Iraq Tuesday with a string of attacks in and around Baghdad.

In northern Baghdad, gunmen fired on a mini-bus carrying college students, killing eight. A mortar attack on a college in the capital killed four other students and wounded at least 25.

Elsewhere in Baghdad, police say a car bomb explosion in a crowded market killed at least 25 people and wounded about 60 others.

In other news, the U.S. military said coalition forces detained 15 al-Qaida suspects during raids in Iraq, and freed 12 Iraqi hostages held near the town of Karmah.

Meanwhile, a New York-based media rights group has urged Iraq's government to reverse a ban on journalists from the immediate aftermath of bomb attacks.

The head of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Joel Simon said in a letter to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that the ban appears to be an attempt to limit media coverage of unwelcome news.

The government recently announced that reporters will not be allowed at a bombing site for one hour following an attack. Reasons given for the ban include protecting reporters from secondary attacks and preserving evidence from attacks.

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

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