At least 19 dead in Baghdad market blast
Forty others were injured when bombs struck a busy outdoor market and a police patrol in a predominantly Shiite area in Baghdad.india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 16:30 IST
Bombs struck a busy outdoor market and a police patrol in a predominantly Shiite area in Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 19 people and wounding more than 40 others, police said.
The first explosion targeted a police patrol in the New Baghdad area in eastern Baghdad, killing two policemen and four civilians and wounding 11 other people, including three policemen, Lt Ali Abbas said.
That was followed about an hour later by a blast at the fruit market in the same area, shortly after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and US officials announced that terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been killed in an air strike north of Baghdad.
Two women were among the 13 killed when the bomb detonated at the entrance of the market, severely damaging several shops, police Col Ahmed Abod said, adding that at least 39 people were wounded in that attack.