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Car Bombs Kill 51 in Iraqi Capital


Iraqi officials say the death toll from Wednesday's car bombings in and around Baghdad has risen to at least 51.

The deadliest blasts Wednesday went off in the capital's Sadr City district, killing 44 people. Medics had previously said the death toll from those blasts was 41. An interior ministry official says about 70 others were wounded when at least two bombs exploded in marketplaces in quick succession.

Bombings elsewhere in the capital left another seven people dead.

Also in Iraq Thursday, the British military honored its soldiers who died during more than six years of war in the country.

The ceremony outside Basra was part of the preparations for the withdrawal of the last British forces. The departing troops will leave a memorial for the 179 British personnel who died in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

The recent violence has raised fears of renewed sectarian strife as British forces continue their official withdrawal, which began in March. U.S. forces are set to withdraw from Iraqi cities in June.

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

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