IN THE deadliest attack since the beginning of the Iraq war, suspected Sunni-Arab militants on Thursday exploded three car bombs and fired two mortar rounds in Baghdad’s Sadr City. The police chief of Sadr City, Colonel Hassan Chaloub, said at least 157 people were killed and 238 wounded. The attack, which began at 3.10 p.m. local time, was on a densely populated Shia slum. The Shias responded almost immediately, firing 10 mortar rounds at the holiest Sunni shrine in Baghdad, the Abu Hanifa mosque, killing one person and wounding seven.
After the bomb explosions, angry residents and armed Shia militiamen took to the streets that were covered with blood and burning bodies.