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Suicide car bomb strikes market in Shiite district

Suicide car bomb strikes market in Shiite district

Two car bombs in quick succession struck a market in a mainly Shiite district in Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 13 people and wounding more than 40, police said.
The attack began about 12:15 p.m. (local time) in New Baghdad in the eastern half of the capital when a suicide car bomber plowed into the busy commercial area. A parked car bomb exploded shortly afterward as people converged on the area to help the victims or see what had happened - a common tactic in the relentless attacks by suspected Sunni insurgents.
The 13 killed included two policemen, while four officers were among the 42 wounded, according to police reports.
The blast took place at a major intersection in the area, which is lined with stores and kiosks selling food, clothes and household appliances and usually has a heavy police presence.
It left the burned-out hulks of cars and vans in the area with a bag of fruit sitting among pieces of metal that were scattered on the ground. Men carrying children and women shrouded in black rushed to the hospital.
"I was on the opposite side of the explosion, which took place about 200 meters away, followed quickly by another explosion," said Farooq Haitham, the 33-year-old owner of a watch repair shop, which sits near a long-closed movie theater. "A fire broke out at the site so we hurried to help as civilian cars carried victims to the hospital."
He said the area had been targeted by many bombings in the past but shopkeepers had no choice but to keep opening their doors.
It was the latest in a series of explosions against commercial targets this week, killing at least 150 people since Sunday and signaling a tough battle ahead as U.S. and Iraqi forces gear up for a planned security operation to pacify the capital.
The biggest of those attacks was on Monday when a suicide car bomber crashed into a market in the central neighborhood of Bab al-Sharqi, killing 88 people in the deadliest attack in two months.


Updated : 2021-05-17 22:00 GMT+08:00