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Perl XML parsing using foreach

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I have XML which may contain an unknown number of <A> and <B> elements:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<Messages>
   <A>
       <Message>
         <Field1>
         <Field2>
         <Field3>
       </Message>
   </A>
   <B>
       <Message>
         <Field1>
         <Field2>
         <Field3>
       </Message>
   </B>
   <B>
       <Message>
         <Field1>
         <Field2>
         <Field3>
       </Message>
   </B>
   <B>
       <Message>
         <Field1>
         <Field2>
         <Field3>
       </Message>
   </B>
</Messages>

I read in the data like this:
my $data = XMLin($content);

I can parse all the <B> elements like this:

foreach $b_msg (@{$data->{B}->{Message}})

but the same does not work for <A> elements:

foreach $b_msg (@{$data->{A}->{Message}})

I don't understand why I can loop through all the <B> elements but the foreach for the <A> elements is never entered.

Please explain. Thanks.
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