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Men remove debris from their shop that
was destroyed in a blaze in New Baghdad district east of the capital April
14, 2008. Dozens of shops were burned after a roadside bomb attack that
targeted a U.S. military patrol in New Baghdad early on Monday, police
said. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
BAGHDAD, April 14 (Xinhua) -- A roadside bomb
explosion struck a U.S. patrol early on Monday in eastern Baghdad, destroying a
U.S. Humvee and setting a huge fire to a nearby popular market, a well-informed
police source said.
The attack took place at about 2 a.m. (2300 GMT on
Sunday) at the market selling used clothes in Baghdad's al-Jadida neighborhood,
the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The powerful blast tore a U.S. Humvee apart, but
there is no reports on casualties among the U.S. soldiers as the troops sealed
off the area, the source said.
A huge fire sparked by the blast totally burned more
than 20 kiosks and shops selling used clothes in the popular market, he said,
adding some 12 teams of firefighters rushed to the scene and put out the fire at
Residents gather at the ruins of gutted
shops after a blaze in New Baghdad district east of the capital April 14,
2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
In a separate incident, the source said that a
roadside bomb struck another U.S. patrol in the Fadhiliyah neighborhood in
eastern Baghdad, and there was also no reports on casualties.
The U.S. military did not confirm both the incidents
The two areas where the attacks occurred are
predominantly Shiite neighborhoods where Mahdi Army militia loyal to radical
cleric Muqtada al-Sadr are active.