- Title: IRAQ: Car bomb in Baghdad market kills 25
- Date: 22nd May 2007
- Summary: (BN10) AMIL NEIGHBORHOOD, BAGHDAD, IRAQ (MAY 22, 2007) (AGENCY POOL) WIDE OF THE AREA WHERE THE BLAST OCCURRED WITH A POOL OF WATER AND ONLOOKERS BLACKENED AND DAMAGED BUILDING DEMOLISHED BUILDING AND RUBBLES WITH CRANE AND ONLOOKERS AMBULANCE AT THE SITE WITH POOL OF WATER VARIOUS OF DAMAGE AND WRECKED CAR PILES OF DAMAGED BICYCLES FOR CHILDREN PAN FROM DAMAGED BUILDING TO BURNT OUT CAR
- Embargoed: 6th June 2007 13:00
- Location: Iraq
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Crime / Law Enforcement
- Reuters ID: LVA4UYTPXWLHPQSC4NVO8LNVZW53
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- Story Text: The deadly blast occurred about 10 a.m. local time (0600GMT) in the Shiite-dominated neighbourhood of Amil, damaging a nearby medical centre and other buildings and setting cars on fire, police said.
The neighbourhood has seen an increase in violence in recent weeks, and Sunni politicians expressed fears in recent weeks that Amil was witnessing a resumption of sectarian cleansing by Shiite militiamen.
The blast came amid a 3-month-old U.S. and Iraqi security crackdown, meant to flush out insurgents and restore order to the capital.
US military officials said that insurgent groups, feeling the pressure from the crackdown, have fought back by carrying out more car bombings targeting civilians with devastating death tolls.
Regional observers, however, say the US-Iraqi crackdown is falling far short of its stated aims to restore stability and security to the capital and its environs.
Meanwhile, a roadside bomb exploded Tuesday next to a police patrol in Zayouna neighbourhood eastern Baghdad killing a police officer and wounding three others police said. The blast, which took place about 9 a.m. (05 GMT), occurred near al-Muthana police station.
On Monday afternoon, a mortar round slammed into a house in Karradah neighbourhood central Baghdad killing two people and wounding 5 others said police. The mortar attack caused damage to a house and nearby shops. The cleaners were seen early on Tuesday removing debris and shards of glass that littered the ground.
The injured people were sent to Ibn al-Nafis hospital for treatment.
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