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June 17, 2004 3:00 AM

At least 42 Iraqis killed, 142 injured in car bombings

A pair of car bombings in Iraq on Thursday killed at least 42 Iraqis and injured 142. The majority of those casualties at least 36 dead and 138 wounded came from a suicide car bomber outside the gates of an Iraqi Civil Defense Corps recruiting station. A white Toyota Land Cruiser slammed into the crowd in front of the station at about 9 a.m. In the second bombing Thursday, six Civil Defense Corps troops were killed and four wounded in a car bombing near Balad, to the north of Baghdad. With the hand-over of sovereignty to a new Iraqi government coming June 30, the bloodshed has left many Iraqis shaken and afraid of what might be coming.

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