Loud explosion strikes Baghdad, casualties unknown

08:37, September 25, 2010      

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A very loud explosion rocked the Iraqi capital of Baghdad Friday night. Casualties are not immediately known.

A Xinhua correspondent in the city center clearly heard the blast and is currently checking the possible casualties with related government officials and the Iraqi security forces.

Violence and sporadic high-profile attacks are still common in Iraqi cities as part of recent deterioration in security which shaped a setback to the efforts of the Iraqi government to restore normalcy in the country more than six months after violence-torn Iraq held parliamentary elections on March 7.

U.S. forces have formally ended its combat operations by Sept. 1, cutting the U.S. military force from just under 90,000 to 50, 000. However, some local analysts still worry about whether the Iraqi forces are ready to replace the American soldiers amid continued insurgent attacks.

Source: Xinhua

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