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Police: Suicide blasts kill 13 in Ramadi

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• Police say 13 dead in Ramadi blasts as they revise earlier, higher death toll
• Roadside bomb in Samarra kills five Iraqi soldiers, security official says
• Police: Bomb, mortar attacks in and around Baghdad kill nine people
• Mortar attack in city's Bayaa section kills five, a day after a bomb there killed 33
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Suicide car bombings at a market and at a police checkpoint in Ramadi killed 13 people and wounded 35 others Monday, police said.

Authorities initially reported a higher number of casualties but later said the tally was incorrect.

The first car bombing erupted about noon at a market area in northern Ramadi, said Gen. Tariq al Thibaw, the Ramadi police chief.

About 10 minutes later, a second car bomb exploded at a police checkpoint about a mile (2 kilometers) away, the chief said.

There was no breakdown on the number of casualties from each attack.

Ramadi is in Anbar province, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) west of Baghdad.

Samarra blast kills 5 Iraqi soldiers

A roadside bomb struck an Iraqi army vehicle Monday in Samarra, killing five soldiers, a security official said.

The Shiite city north of Baghdad has been singled out by the Islamic State of Iraq, which warned Samarra police last week they would be targeted in attacks.

Islamic State of Iraq is the Sunni insurgent umbrella group that includes al Qaeda in Iraq.

Samarra officials had imposed a curfew, which was lifted Sunday but quickly reinstated with additional checkpoints after a suicide car bomber killed 12 police officers and two U.S. soldiers. Eleven Iraqi police officers were wounded in the Sunday attack, the U.S. military said.

A Samarra hospital also fell victim to the Sunday attack and is suffering from a water shortage and power outage.

The U.S. military called in reinforcements to help secure the area. Two U.S. soldiers en route to the area were wounded when insurgents opened fire with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades.

Bombs erupt in, around Baghdad

Seven people were killed and three others were wounded Monday in attacks in Baghdad, police said.

Southeast of Baghdad, two more people were killed by a roadside bomb in the town of Madaen, an Iraqi Interior Ministry source said.

In central Baghdad, a roadside bomb detonated in Bab al-Muadham about 1:30 p.m., killing two civilians and wounding three others, a police official said.

Five more people were killed when a mortar round slammed into Bayaa in southwestern Baghdad, the official said.

Two people were wounded in the Bayaa attack, according to the official.

On Sunday, a bomb inside a parked car exploded in a market in the Bayaa neighborhood, killing 33 people and wounding 74 others, an Interior Ministry official said.

U.S. commander wounded

A senior U.S. commander was evacuated from Iraq after being shot in the leg, two military sources said Sunday.

Col. Billy Don Farris, commander of the 2nd "Falcon" Brigade Combat Team of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, is expected to recover, military sources said. He was evacuated to receive treatment and is in stable condition, the military said.

Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, gave Farris a Purple Heart before he was evacuated, the sources said.

Farris was overseeing the construction of "temporary concrete barrier emplacements" in eastern Baghdad when he was shot, according to a military news release.

The barriers recently have sparked massive protests by Baghdad residents who fear the military plans to wall off parts of the city along sectarian lines, further stoking the sectarian divide plaguing the war-torn nation.

The U.S. military has insisted the temporary structures are aimed at preventing suicide car bombings and other attacks.

Other developments

Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi set a deadline of next week for pulling his entire Sunni bloc out of the government -- a potentially devastating blow to reconciliation efforts within Iraq. He also said he turned down an offer by President Bush to visit Washington until he can count more fully on U.S. help. (Full story)

Ten U.S. soldiers died Sunday in Iraq, including six killed in a roadside bombing northeast of Baghdad, the U.S. military reported. Also Sunday, the military reported the deaths of two Marines on Saturday and another soldier on Friday. The U.S. death toll in the Iraq war stands at 3,370. Seven civilian contractors also have been killed.

• A civilian journalist was also killed in the Diyala province bombing that killed the six soldiers. The journalist's identity was not released.

• U.S. and Iraqi forces chasing a suspected terrorist with ties to Iran early Sunday discovered a bloodstained torture chamber and a massive amount of artillery stored in a building in Baghdad's Sadr City, the U.S. military said. (Full story)

• Twenty-four bodies were found scattered across the capital Sunday, according to an Interior Ministry official.

CNN's Jomana Karadsheh and Basim Mahdi contributed to this report.

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