Tuesday, January 16, 2007

At least 65 dead, 143 wounded in Baghdad bombings

A U.S. soldier applies first aide following the explosion.

BAGHDAD Jan.16-- A series of explosions today amid crowds of college students outside a university in Baghdad killed dozen of people and wounded tens of others, prompting a hospital to put out a city-wide appeal for blood donations to deal with the scores of injuries, according to Iraqi officials and witnesses.

The explosions rocked the area outside Mustansriya University near Palestine Street in eastern Baghdad at about 4:00 p.m. as students waited outside after school.

Reports of the death toll rose throughout the afternoon. The Reuters news service said 60 people were killed and more than 110 wounded, citing Iraqi police. The Associated Press reported at least 65 people killed.

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