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Death toll from suicide bombings in Iraq rises to 500
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17:15, August 15, 2007

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The death toll from Tuesday's four apparently coordinated suicide car bombings near Iraq's northwestern town of Sinjar rose dramatically to 500, while 375 others injured, hospital official told Xinhua on Wednesday.

"We have received 500 corpses and 375 injured people," said Dr. Kifah Muhammad, the manager of the hospital in Sinjar, a town in western Nineveh province.

The newly obtained figure from the hospital doubled the death toll Xinhua earlier got from a local police source, which said that 250 people were killed and 300 others injured.

Late Tuesday, four suicide car bombs apparently targeting residents from Iraq's Yazidi religious minority ripped through Yazidi residential compounds in Sinjar, he said.

The Yazidis are primarily ethnic Kurd and mostly live near Mosul,capital of Nineveh province.

Source: Xinhua

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