Baghdad bomb toll rises to 63


The death toll from a devastating truck bombing in Baghdad rose to 63 on Wednesday and US forces blamed a rogue Shi'ite militia for the attack.

Four children and five women were among those killed by Tuesday's blast near a crowded market in the predominantly Shi'ite neighbourhood of al-Hurriya in northwestern Baghdad, Iraqi police said.

Another 75 people were hurt in the deadliest bombing in the Iraqi capital for three months.

The US military blamed the attack on a "special groups" cell. This is jargon for Shi'ite militants the US military says are backed by Iran.

The military said it believed the attack was ordered to incite Shi'ite violence against Sunni Arabs. Most major car bombs in Iraq are blamed on Sunni Islamist Al Qaeda.