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News Wrap: Car Bombings Sweep Through Baghdad

May 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM EDT
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HARI SREENIVASAN: Car bombings swept through Baghdad today, killing at least 66 people in Iraq’s latest wave of sectarian violence. More than 350 people have died in the past two weeks. Today, at least 11 explosions tore apart busy markets and shopping areas in the capital city. The targets were mostly in Shiite neighborhoods.

In Britain, police arrested a 10th suspect in the murder of a British soldier in London, as tensions over the killings continued to grow.

We have a report from Andy Davies of Independent Television News.

ANDY DAVIES, Independent Television News: Outside the Woolwich barracks this afternoon in South London, riding in, yet another group here to leave their imprint on the growing bank of flags and flowers which border street where Lee Rigby died five days ago. From a group calling themselves Africans for Heroes, to a motorcycling riders association, the public eulogies come one after another.

MAN: Three cheers for Lee Rigby!

Hip hip!

CROWD: Hooray!

MAN: Hip hip!

CROWD: Hooray!

MAN: Hip hip!

CROWD: Hooray!

ANDY DAVIES: On a bank holiday Monday, it is striking just how many people have been coming here to leave flowers, read messages and take photographs. The mood, as you would expect, quiet, respectful, and what a contrast to what’s been going on 10 miles away in the center of London.

KEVIN CAROL, London: A soldier has been murdered. That’s why I’m here.

ANDY DAVIES: So declared Kevin Carol as he and more than 700 supporters of the English Defence League lined up against several hundred counterdemonstrators, today’s arena, Downing Street, a new stage for an old story.

The fallout from last Wednesday’s killing has not been confined to London. In Grimsby, the imam at this mosque has reported two attacks in the last five days, the latest involving suspected arson.

IMAM AHMAD M. SABIK, Grimsby Islamic Cultural Center: We became really worried about our children, our families, our people who attend the mosque because of some people who didn’t understand Islam and who didn’t understand they must not link such a crime, which we condemn, with Islam or with Muslims.

ANDY DAVIES: Meanwhile, the police continue to make arrests as they investigate the murder of drummer Lee Rigby, 10 arrests so far, the latest a 50-year-old man from Southeast London held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Demolition crews in Washington state began clearing the remains of a wrecked bridge today. The span fell into the Skagit River last Thursday, cutting Interstate-5 between Seattle and Canada. Work at the site started before dawn this morning. A crane lifted out mangled pieces of steel. The wreckage has to be removed before repairs can begin. The bridge collapsed after being hit by a truck hauling an oversized load. Federal safety regulators now say they want to know if hundreds of similar bridges might be at risk.

Those are some of the day’s major stories — now back to Jeff.