Car bomb kills 22 in Iraqi capital
A car bomb exploded on Tuesday on a commercial street packed with shoppers in a Shiite area of Baghdad, killing 22 people and wounding 28, police said. It was the deadliest bomb attack in the Iraqi capital in a month.india Updated: Feb 23, 2006 04:58 IST
A car bomb exploded on Tuesday on a commercial street packed with shoppers in a Shiite area of Baghdad, killing 22 people and wounding 28, police said. It was the deadliest bomb attack in the Iraqi capital in a month.
Terrified children screamed and several women wailed for their dead, crying, "the terrorists, may God punish them." Shattered bits of fruits and vegetables from vendors' pushcarts lay scattered on the street amid pools of blood.
At least eight other people were killed and more than 30 injured on Tuesday in bombings and shootings elsewhere in Baghdad and in attacks on beauty parlors and liquor stores -- symbols of Western influence -- in Baqouba northeast of the capital.
The car bombing occurred shortly before 5 p.m. in a Shiite corner of Dora, a predominantly Sunni Arab district of Baghdad and one of the most dangerous parts of the city -- rocked almost daily by bombings, ambushes and assassinations.
Police Major General Mahdi al-Gharawi said the bomb was detonated by remote control and an Iraqi suspected of triggering the device had been arrested. Claims of early arrests in bombing cases often prove premature.
Another policeman, 1st Lt Maitham Abdul-Razaq, said the blast apparently was aimed at a police patrol but missed its target, killing and maiming shoppers strolling with their families along a street lined with appliance shops and fruit and vegetable stalls. It was the deadliest bombing in Baghdad since Jan. 19, when a suicide attacker blew himself up in a downtown coffee shop, killing 22 people and injuring 23.
First Published: Feb 23, 2006 04:58 IST