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Bomb at Baghdad pet market kills 13

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Iraqi police say a bomb exploded in a crowded animal market in central Baghdad Friday, killing at least 13 people. Authorities say the blast wounded at least 40 others, including four police officers.

The Souq al-Ghazl market was bombed earlier this year. Friday's explosion comes amid a decrease in violence across the nation.

In separate news Friday, Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk says his government will withdraw all of its troops from Iraq in 2008. Poland has about 900 soldiers in southern Iraq.

On Thursday, Iraqi authorities said suspected al-Qaida militants killed at least 10 members of a Sunni police patrol after the militants drove up in stolen Iraqi army vehicles.

Officials said the al-Qaida fighters attacked the police in a rural area south of Baghdad, Hawr Rijab, after killing three soldiers and taking their vehicles.

The police were members of the "Awakening Council," a Sunni group fighting al-Qaida militants in Iraq. - VOA News

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