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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Scores of Corpses Found in Baghdad

BAGHDAD -- Police said Wednesday that they found the bodies of 65 men who had been tortured and then shot before being dumped around Baghdad and just south of the capital, where two car bombs and two mortar attacks killed at least 32 people and injured dozens of others.

Two U.S. soldiers were also killed, one Monday from enemy action in restive Anbar province and the other Tuesday by a roadside bomb south of Baghdad, the U.S. military command said Wednesday.

Iraqi police said 60 of the bodies were found overnight scattered around Baghdad, with the majority dumped in predominantly Sunni Arab neighborhoods, police said.

All the bodies were bound, bore signs of torture and had been shot, Iraqi police 1st Lieutenant Thayer Mahmoud said. Such killings are usually the work of death squads, operated by both Sunni Arabs and Shiite gangs and militias, who kidnap people and usually torture them with power drills or beat them badly before shooting them.

Of the bodies, 45 were discovered in predominantly Sunni Arab parts of western Baghdad. The rest were found in predominantly Shiite areas of eastern Baghdad. Another five bodies were found floating down the Tigris river in Suwayrah, 40 kilometers south of Baghdad, according to police Lieutenant Mohammed al-Shimari.

In the capital, a car bomb killed at least 19 people and wounded more than 62 after it detonated in a large square used mostly as a parking lot near the main headquarters of Baghdad's traffic police department, police Captain Mohammed Abdel-Ghani said. At least two of the dead were traffic police officers.

In past years, the square was used to test people trying to get their drivers license.

In eastern Baghdad, a parked car bomb exploded next to a passing Iraqi police patrol in the Zayona neighborhood, killing 8 people and wounding 17, police Lieutenant Bilal Ali Majid said. At least 3 of the dead and 7 of the wounded were police officers.

Two mortar shells landed on al-Rashad police station in southeastern Baghdad, killing one policeman and wounding two others, said police 1st Lieutenant Mohammed Kheyoun.

Another two policemen were killed when two mortar rounds landed near their station in Baghdad's eastern neighborhood of Mashtal, police Major Maher Hamid Mousa said. Three others were injured.

In the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, 65 kilometers west of Baghdad, two pedestrians were killed and two others injured, apparently in a crossfire between U.S. troops and unidentified gunmen in the city's main market, police Lieutenant Mohammed Sami said.

Three mortar shells also landed in downtown Baghdad, wounding four civilians, said police 1st Lieutenant Thayer Mohammed.

The attacks came one day after violence claimed the lives of at least two dozen people across Iraq.

Baghdad has been the focus of most violence and thousands of U.S. and Iraqi forces are taking part in a security crackdown aimed to curtail some of the killing. According to the Iraqi Health Ministry, an average of 51 people per day died violently last month in the capital.