Sunday, February 18, 2007

At least 60 die, 130 wounded in double car-bombing in Baghdad market

BAGHDAD (AFP) - A double car bombing has ripped through a crowded Baghdad market, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 130 in a first vicious blow to the city's new US-led security operation.

"Where is the security plan?" wailed distraught relatives crowded outside the Iraqi capital's Kindi Hospital on Sunday, as fleets of ambulances and civilian trucks ferried the dead and dying into an overworked emergency room.

Kindi received 42 corpses -- including 10 children aged between five and 10 -- and was treating 83 seriously wounded patients, medics said.

Ibn Nafees Hospital saw 14 dead and 20 critically injured men, women and children, a medic there said. The doctors warned that these figures would rise and a security official put the latest toll at 60 dead.

A first explosion ripped through a crowded vegetable market in Baghdad Jadida, a mixed but mainly Shiite district of east Baghdad.

At almost the same moment, another booby-trapped car detonated a few hundred metres (yards) away near a row of electrical goods shops.

Desperate bystanders scoured the blackened debris for wounded loved ones, while shell-shocked bystanders loaded the injured into civilian vehicles.

In a separate attack in nearby Sadr City, a suicide car bomber attacked a checkpoint manned by Iraqi police commandos, killed one policeman and one civilian bystander and wounded 11 more, a security official said.

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