BAGHDAD, Iraq Three suicide car bombs exploded nearly simultaneously today in a city north of Baghdad, killing 40 people and wounding many others, a hospital official said.
The attacks about 6:45 p.m., hit a bank, a vegetable market and another location in downtown Balad, a mostly Shiite city 50 miles north of the capital, witnesses said.
Dr. Khaled al-Azawi at Balad Hospital said 40 people died and scores were wounded, many of them seriously, with burns and mutilated limbs.
Earlier today, the military said a roadside bomb killed five American soldiers during combat in the western town of Ramadi, the deadliest single attack on U.S. troops in nearly two months.
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