Over 70 killed in Baghdad blasts
Two nearly simultaneous bombings in a mostly Shia commercial area in central Baghdad killed at least 72 people and wounded at least 134, Iraqi officials said today.
The first blast occurred shortly after midday when a bomb left in a bag among market stalls of DVDs and second hand clothes went off in the Bab al-Sharqi area between Tayaran and Tahrir squares - one of the busiest parts of Baghdad.
It was followed almost immediately by a parked car bomb just metres away. The explosions left body parts on the pavement, along with DVDs and CDs as black smoke rose into the sky. Iraqi police sealed off the area as ambulances rushed to the scene to evacuate the victims.
The wounded were taken to nearby al-Kindi Hospital where emergency personnel worked frantically to treat survivors. The explosions followed a relative lull in violence in the capital at the weekend, although US forces suffered heavy casualties.