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Police said the first blast was probably caused by a car bomb and the subsequent bombs were timed to go off shortly afterwards as US troops tried to help those hit in the first explosion.
Meanwhile, a suicide car bomb exploded outside a police station in the Abu Ghraib area west of Baghdad.
The United States military said that one US soldier and two Iraqi policemen were killed in the attack, while 13 people were injured.
Hospital officials said at least 60 people were injured in the blast.
Insurgents detonated three car bombs near a U.S. military convoy in Baghdad Thursday, killing 41 people, 34 of them children who were rushing to collect sweets from American troops.
Attacks on American troops have risen to around 80 a day from 40 a month ago.