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Scores of corpses found in Baghdad

AGENCIES , BAGHDAD

Police recovered dozens of bullet-riddled corpses from around Baghdad as two car bombs in the capital killed 28 people and wounded scores more yesterday

Police recovered 66 bodies over the past day across Baghdad, most bound and tortured, officials said yesterday, highlighting how sectarian death squads are still plaguing the city despite a major security drive.

In the day's deadliest attack, rebels killed 20 people and wounded 51 others in a car bomb attack against a police patrol in east Baghdad, interior ministry spokesman Brigadier General Abdel Karim Khalaf said.

"Five of the killed were policemen," he said, adding the attack took place near a traffic police headquarters.

In another attack eight people were killed and 19 were wounded when insurgents blew up a parked car loaded with explosives near two police patrols in eastern Baghdad, a security official said on condition of anonymity.

"The dead include three policemen," he said.

A series of mortar bomb attacks also left a civilian dead.

The death of another US soldier was confirmed in Anbar Province, where the commander denied suggestions his force had lost control to al-Qaeda and other Sunni insurgents but said stabilizing the western desert region would be a job for Iraqi politicians and their US-trained troops and police.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki met Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in Tehran. Fellow Shiite Islamist leaders there have pledged support and security for Iraq, drawing a wary response from Washington which accused Tehran of funding militants there.

Khamenei, echoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, called on the 145,000 US troops to leave Iraq: "Most problems in Iraq will be removed with the departure of occupiers. So we wish for their immediate evacuation," state media quoted him as saying.

An Interior Ministry official and sources at Baghdad police headquarters said a total of 60 unidentified bodies were found, freshly killed, in various parts of Baghdad over the past day. Four others, one a woman, were fished out of the Tigris River just south of the city.

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