Two Women Suicide Bombers; INTERNATIONAL

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Two women suicide bombers killed more than 60 people in separate attacks in Baghdad yesterday.

The first came at the main pet market in the city centre where at least 46 people died and dozens were injured in the deadliest bombing to strike the capital since the US "surge" of extra troops flooded into central Iraq last spring.

About 20 minutes later, a second woman struck another pet market in a predominantly Shi'ite area in south eastern Baghdad. That blast killed as many as 18 people and injured 25, police said.

The attacks shortly before the weekly Islamic call to prayer resounded across the capital were the latest in a series of violent incidents that have been chipping away at Iraqi confidence after recent security improvements.

The first blast occurred about 10.20 am when the woman detonated explosives hidden under her traditional black robe at the central al-Ghazl market. The pet bazaar had recently re-emerged as a popular shopping venue as Baghdad security improved and a ban on driving was lifted. …