Baghdad lull ends with bomb

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At least 25 people have been killed after a suicide bomber attacked a market in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

The blast occurred in the city's Bayaa district, a mainly Shia area which has frequently been targeted by Sunni insurgents linked to the al-Qaida terrorist group.

Eighty people were injured in the car bomb. The Associated Press news agency reported that the car bomber struck at around 12:00 local time (09:00 BST).

In other violence in Iraq at least three policemen died in a car bomb attack on Samarra, a small town north of Baghdad.

The destruction of Samarra's al-Askari mosque in February 2006 is widely held responsible for triggering the current wave of sectarian violence currently engulfing the Middle Eastern country.

US-led coalition forces have enjoyed signs of improvement in recent weeks but today's killings represent a step back. American forces said they found a 'torture room' in Baghdad's Sadr City district which also contained dozens of mortar bombs.

The explosives were detonated in a controlled blast, the US military said.

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