Bus bombing kills 30 in Baghdad


A suicide attacker has detonated a bomb on a bus in Baghdad, killing at least 30 people, Iraqi police said.
The vehicle was leaving al-Nahda bus station heading south for the Shia town of Nasiriya when the attack occurred.

Witnesses said the bus was gutted and left in flames by the explosion. Another 25 people are reported injured.

Iraq has been bracing for an increase in violence by anti-US insurgents ahead of the election next Thursday for the first full-term post-Saddam parliament.

Two food and drinks stalls were destroyed by flying shrapnel and their gas cylinders exploded. Reports say some passengers were trapped as fire swept through the bus.

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