Baghdad bomb toll rises to 63, U.S. blames militia

Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:58am BST

BAGHDAD, June 18 (Reuters) - The death toll from a devastating truck bombing in Baghdad rose to 63 on Wednesday and U.S. forces blamed a rogue Shi'ite militia for the attack.

Four children and five women were among those killed by Tuesday's blast near a crowded market in the predominantly Shi'ite neighbourhood of al-Hurriya in northwestern Baghdad, Iraqi police said.

Another 75 people were hurt in the deadliest bombing in the Iraqi capital for three months.

The U.S. military blamed the attack on a "special groups" cell. This is jargon for Shi'ite militants the U.S. military says are backed by Iran.

The military said it believed the attack was ordered to incite Shi'ite violence against Sunni Arabs. Most major car bombs in Iraq are blamed on Sunni Islamist al Qaeda. (Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Dean Yates)