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Explosions rock Iraq, killing at least 40

BAGHDAD — A Kia truck with explosives hidden in its cargo of watermelons exploded Tuesday in Diwaniyah, a largely Shi’ite city in southern Iraq, leaving at least 40 people dead, including a 6-year-old boy, local officials said. It was the deadliest in a string of attacks Tuesday in central and southern Iraq.

The truck bomb in Diwaniyah was detonated near the city’s main fish and vegetable market, where local officials had reopened the streets to vehicles less than five months ago after keeping them closed for years over security concerns. The area was crowded with morning shoppers at the time of the explosion.

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