Update:CNN reports that the death toll in the truck bombing has climbed to 117 with 265 injured. There are also reports that many people are still trapped in the rubble.
At least 105 people were killed Saturday when a truck bomb devastated a crowded Iraqi village market and demolished many homes, the top local security, administrative and health officials said.
The chief local civilian administrator, Hamad Rasheed, said he had seen reports that up to 125 people could be confirmed dead after rescuers finish digging through the rubble of dozens of buildings.
The blast occurred in the small town of Amirli which is south of Kirkuk in northern Iraq. The people of Amirli are predominantly Shiites of the Turkmen ethnic minority. Earlier in the day a suicide bomber struck a cafe in Diyala province killing 22 people. That cafe was usually visited by Shiite Kurds.
Before the Baquba operation, one senior American commander estimated that as many as 500 insurgent fighters were hunkered down in the part of the city that American forces were poised to invade. After the operation, the same officer said he could account for only about 110 militants captured or killed. Senior American commanders in Baghdad also said they believed that 80 percent of the insurgents' leadership in Baquba had escaped the siege and fled the city.
Other violence in Iraq:
- 9 US soldiers were killed and 8 wounded in a series of incidents across Iraq.
- 5 Iraqi soldiers and a civilian were killed by a car bomb in Baghdad.
- Two policemen were killed as Iraqi security services battled Mahdi Army militiamen in the southern Iraqi city of Samawah.
And to top it off, the Turkish military appears ready to conduct a major strike against Kurdish terrorists operating from Iraq.
Yep folks, nothing but good news coming out of Iraq these days.
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