Bombs kill several during Iraq football game

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Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Around twelve people were killed in Iraq today while they were playing football on a makeshift pitch in a predominantly Shi'a area in west Baghdad. According to police, two bombs, which had been planted in the middle of the pitch, were detonated. It is thought most of the victims were children.

Earlier today, Iraq’s President Jalal Talabani revealed Iraqi troops would take over safekeeping of the entire country from American troops by the end of 2006. He said the takeover would occur gradually but would be complete by the start of 2007.

Yesterday, more than fifty people were killed across the country.

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