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Originally published October 24, 2005 at 12:00 AM | Page modified October 24, 2005 at 8:09 AM

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At least 33 Iraqis killed in Baghdad and elsewhere

An insurgent blew up his car in a Baghdad square yesterday, killing four people in the first significant suicide bombing in the capital...

The Associated Press

BAGHDAD, Iraq — An insurgent blew up his car in a Baghdad square yesterday, killing four people in the first significant suicide bombing in the capital in weeks. More than 33 Iraqis died in a swell of violence, including a bomb that killed a police colonel and four children.

In yesterday's attack, the bomber plowed his explosives-laden car into two police vehicles in downtown Tahrir Square at 11:30 a.m., killing two police officers and two civilians.

Among the other attacks yesterday, 12 laborers — five of them brothers — were gunned down by insurgents at a construction site outside the city of Hillah, about 60 miles south of Baghdad, police said.

Roadside bombs hit three separate U.S. convoys in Baghdad yesterday morning, wounding a total of five soldiers, a military spokesman, U.S. Sgt. 1st Class David Abrams, said.

The violence came after a week in which 23 U.S. soldiers were reported killed, raising to 1,996 the number of military personnel who have died since the war began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

The slaying of the police colonel and his children took place in Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad. Lt. Colonel Haitham Akram had just left his home and was getting into his car with his two sons when a bomb nearby went off, killing the three of them, police Lt. Qusay Mushaal said. The explosion set a nearby car ablaze, killing two young girls, aged 7 and 9.

The U.S. military confirmed yesterday that four American contract workers were killed and two wounded in Iraq last month when their convoy got lost.

The attack occurred Sept. 20 when the convoy, which included U.S. military guards riding in Humvees, made a wrong turn into the mostly Sunni Arab town of Duluiyah, north of Baghdad. Insurgents opened fire with rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, said Maj. Richard Goldenberg, a spokesman for Task Force Liberty in north-central Iraq.

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