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15 dead in Baghdad blasts; violence rising

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Bombs exploded at a bus station and a small market in Baghdad, killing 15 people Tuesday in an increase in bloodshed in the Iraqi capital after a week of relative calm, police and hospital officials said.

U.S. officials say attacks in Baghdad average about four a day — down nearly 90 percent from levels of late 2006, when Shiite-Sunni fighting was at its high point and just before the U.S. troop surge that helped bring down violence in the capital.

Tuesday's blasts came a day after a series of bombings killed 10 people and wounded 40 more, underscoring the threat still posed by extremists.

Other attacks also took place in Mosul, where violence has spiked in recent months.