Baghdad market blasts kill 11
on 20/10/2012 17:36:44
The bombings, which happened within about a minute of each other, appeared aimed at intimidating Iraq's Shiites, who are a frequent target of Sunni insurgents.
The blasts struck about 500 metres (yards) from a shrine where two revered imams are buried, damaging nearby shops and buildings.
The attacks came as many shoppers were out buying new clothes in anticipation of the Eid al-Adha holiday, which begins in about a week.
"It was a busy time for shopping, so there were a lot of people around," said Ahmed Naseer, the owner of a stationery shop nearby. "When I came out, I saw burning carts and merchant stalls, and children crying and women screaming out of fear. The whole place was full of panic."
Officials said at least 35 people were wounded in the attack. The blasts pushed to 15 the number of people killed across Iraq since late yesterday.
Earlier in the day, gunmen opened fire on a police patrol in the Shiite neighbourhood of al-Shaab, killing two policemen and wounding another.
Late last night in the Karradah district, gunmen shot dead a police lieutenant colonel who worked with the State Identity Directorate.
Gunmen also shot and killed a prison official in a drive-by-shooting during the morning rush hour in eastern Baghdad.