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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Two explosions rocked western Baghdad's al-Shu'lah neighborhood
near a Shiite Muslim mosque on Sunday, killing at least 15 people and wounding at least
57, Iraqi police said.


The first blast was triggered near the mosque -- and when people gathered near the scene,
a suicide car bomber drove into the crowd and detonated the vehicle in the second blast,
police said.


Word of the blasts in the capital came just hours after news of two suicide car bombs in
Tikrit, about 90 miles (150 km) north of Baghdad.


The bombs exploded just 15 minutes and a short distance apart, killing at least six people
and wounding 26 at an Iraqi Police Academy in Tikrit, according to an official with
Tikrit's governor's office.


Police were responding to the first explosion -- which happened in front of the police
academy at 8 a.m. (12 a.m. EDT) -- when the second car bomb detonated close by at the
meteorology building, the official said.


In an earlier attack Saturday evening, seven commandos with Iraq's Interior Ministry were
wounded when five mortar rounds landed inside their facility in the al-Baiya' neighborhood
of southwest Baghdad, Iraq police said.


The attack in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown, occurred as new recruits at the academy
were about to travel to the Jordanian capital of Amman for a training program, police Lt.
Shalan Allawi said, The Associated Press reported.


A doctor at Tikrit General Hospital said the bombs killed four policemen and two
civilians, with 23 policemen and several civilians wounded, AP reported.


Elsewhere, three insurgents were killed Sunday as the roadside bomb they were trying to
plant in the town of Mahawil exploded, police said in the nearby city of Hillah.


The explosions follow the deaths of at least 12 people Saturday in a series of attacks by insurgents.

The U.S. military said Task Force Baghdad soldiers arrested eight people Saturday. They
are suspected of shooting down a commercial helicopter Thursday.


The military said in a release that an "Iraqi civilian helped Task Force Baghdad soldiers
find" eight people, who were being questioned in the crash that resulted in the deaths of
11 people on board.


Six American security contractors, two Bulgarian crew members and two Fijian security guards were killed in the crash.

A Bulgarian crew member who survived the crash was shot to death, according to the
Bulgarian company that owned the helicopter.


The helicopter was flying from Baghdad to the northern city of Tikrit when it went down just north of the capital.

A news release from Task Force Baghdad said an "Iraqi citizen told the soldiers he knew
where the blue Kia pickup truck the terrorists used during the attack was parked and led
them to the site.


"When the soldiers got there, several other local residents confirmed the first tip and
showed the soldiers where the terrorists lived."


Soldiers searched two houses at 12:30 a.m. The military said troops captured three men and
bomb-making materials at one house, and three more men suspected of making bombs at a
second home -- but it did not specify where the houses were.


The Americans who were killed in the crash worked for North Carolina-based Blackwater
Security Consulting USA. Friday, the company released the names of the employees who died.


They are: Robert Jason Gore, 23, of Nevada, Iowa; Luke Adam Petrik, 24, of Conneaut, Ohio;
Jason Obert, 29, of Fountain, Colorado; Steve McGovern, 24, of Lexington, Kentucky; Eric
Smith, 31, of Waukesha, Wisconsin; and David Patterson, 27, of Havelock, North Carolina.


Violence intensifies
Insurgents kept up attacks on security forces Saturday and Sunday.

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