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Eight killed, 20 hurt in Baghdad bomb blasts

Seven people were killed and 15 hurt in a bomb blast in a bus, while one person was killed in a blast that occurred outside a restaurant.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2007 15:44 IST

Seven people were killed and 15 hurt when miscreants hurled a bomb at a small bus carrying people to work in a predominantly Shiite area in Baghdad on Sunday.

In another incident, that occurred about 45 minutes later, a parked car bomb exploded outside a restaurant in eastern Baghdad, killing one person and wounding five others, according to police.

The vehicle was ferrying passengers from Baghdad's Bab al-Sharqi area to the central commercial district of Karradah when the explosion occurred at 8:15 am (1045 hrs IST), shattering the windows of nearby stores.

The bomb was left in a bag by someone who later got off the bus, police said.

Sirens wailed as police and ambulances rushed to the area, and people pulled the badly burnt bodies from the charred bus.

Faris Mahdi, who works at a cell phone store near the site of the blast, said he and his colleagues tried to help the victims.

"We had just arrived to open our shop when we heard the sound of a big explosion and saw fire in a small bus," Mahdi, 36, said. "We ran because the ambulances hadn't arrived yet. We pulled out three charred bodies, and badly injured people were taken to the hospital by a pickup car."

First Published: Jan 21, 2007 15:44 IST