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01/18/07 - Baghdad, Iraq

Baghdad car bombings kill at least 18

Blood-stained pavement appears Thursday after a deadly bombing in central Baghdad. Blood-stained pavement appears Thursday after a deadly bombing in central Baghdad.
People pass Thursday in front of buildings damaged by a car bomb in central Baghdad. People pass Thursday in front of buildings damaged by a car bomb in central Baghdad.
A U.S. soldier treats a man wounded by a truck bomb in Kirkuk on Wednesday. A U.S. soldier treats a man wounded by a truck bomb in Kirkuk on Wednesday.

Bombings in the Iraqi capital claimed at least 18 lives and wounded 53 others Thursday, said Iraqi Interior Ministry officials.

In the day's deadliest attack, 10 died after three car bombs detonated nearly simultaneously at a popular vegetable market in southern Baghdad's Dora district. The blast wounded 30 people, according to an Interior Ministry official.

Lettuce and bloodstained clothes were visible on the ground among the debris, according to The Associated Press. The blast's impact caused a metal roof to blow off from a loading area, while leaving a van burned out, with lettuce and onions atop the vehicle, the AP said.

The market is near Dora's Abu Dishir area, according to the AP. Most of the shop owners and workers were Shiites from Abu Dishir, but there are some Sunni vendors, the AP reported.

"I will think twice before transporting goods to this market again," a driver who identified himself as Hussein told the AP.

Another car bomb targeting an Iraqi police patrol exploded in central Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 10 others, the ministry said. The casualties included both police and civilians. The blast burned cars and shattered the storefrong windows, according to the AP.

In the Camp Sara neighborhood in southeastern Baghdad, a bomb blast in a parked car killed three civilians and wounded seven others, the official said.

Later Thursday, a car bomb parked near a police station in the western Al-Mashtal neighborhood exploded, killing at least one person and wounding six, an Interior Ministry source said. All were civilians.

Other developments

  • Explosions and gunfire in the Iraqi capital and the northern city of Kirkuk claimed 35 lives Wednesday. Most deaths occurred at the Kirkuk police station, where 10 people were killed, according to police, and the Shiite stronghold in Baghdad, Sadr City, where at least 17 people died, according to an Interior Ministry official.
  • A convoy of a U.S. aid group also was attacked Wednesday in Baghdad, leaving a female American staffer and three security people dead, according to a representative for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. The group's regional director identified the security personnel as Hungarian, Croatian and Iraqi nationals. None of the victims was identified. NDI is an international group that helps strengthen political parties, works with parliaments, helps in elections and provides assistance to Iraqi nongovernmental organizations.
  • An American sailor died Wednesday in southern Iraq in a "noncombat-related incident," the U.S. military said Thursday. Also, two U.S. soldiers were killed this week in Anbar province, west of Baghdad, the U.S. military said Wednesday. The number of U.S. military personnel who have died in the Iraq war stands at 3,027, according to military reports. There have been 23 deaths in January.
  • Story courtesy of CNN Newsource.

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