Car bombs and other violence around Iraq claimed at least 57 lives today as insurgents followed through on threats of escalated violence during the holy month of Ramadan, while police in Baghdad said at least two women were killed in a shooting involving a private security company.
Details of the shooting were sketchy, but police said it occurred in eastern Baghdad's Karada district about 3 p.m. Initial information put the death toll at two, but a police official later said three women had died. The official, who was not authorized to speak to the media and requested anonymity, said the women were traveling in a 1990 white Oldsmobile when they were fired on.
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