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From cnn.com http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/07/25/iraq.main/index.html


BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Car bombers targeted throngs of Iraqis Wednesday as they spilled into Baghdad streets to cheer a national soccer victory, killing at least 17 people and leaving scores more wounded.

Iraqis carry the coffins Wednesday of relatives killed Tuesday in a suicide car bombing in Hilla.

Attacking revelers in the Mansour district of western Baghdad, a suicide car bomber killed at least 10 people and wounded 62, said an Interior Ministry official. Later, in the southeastern neighborhood of Ghadir, a second car bomb killed at least seven and wounded at least 27, the official said. The attack is near an Iraqi army checkpoint.

Thousands of fans had filled the streets of the capital after Iraqi athletes competing in Malaysia defeated South Korea, catapulting the nation to the Asian Cup finals for the first time.

In addition to the duel Baghdad bombings, random gunfire across the capital led to the deaths of two people and the wounding of 12, the ministry said.

Iraq defeated the Korean Republic 4-3 in a penalty shootout in a semifinal game at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Wednesday night in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

There had been street violence on Saturday after Iraq won its quarterfinal game. Three people died and 25 were wounded during raucous celebrations, in which people fired their guns into the air.

Iraq and Saudi Arabia play for the championship in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday.

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