Shattered glass pieces are seen at a sweet shop after a bomb attack in Mahmudiya, 30 km (20 miles) south of Baghdad, September 19, 2009. A bomb planted in a busy market in the Iraqi town of Mahmudiya killed at least seven people and wounded 21 on Friday, police said.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
BAGHDAD, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Seven people were killed and 21 wounded in a bomb explosion at a crowded market in a town in south of Baghdad Friday, a well-informed police source said.
The blast took place in the town of Mahmoudiyah, some 30 km south of Baghdad, at the rush hour before sunset when people were preparing for the meal after day-long fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The blast also damaged several nearby shops, stalls and civilian cars, the source said.
Sporadic attacks continue in Iraqi cities as part of recent deterioration in security which shaped a setback to the efforts of the Iraqi government to restore normalcy across the country after more than two months of U.S. troops pullout of cities and towns. ¡¡