Triple bombings kill 21, wound 107 near Baghdad market   2011-06-24 04:04:29 FeedbackPrintRSS

BAGHDAD, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Three booby-trapped bombs rocked a Shiite neighbourhood in Iraq's capital Baghdad on Thursday night, leaving at least 21 dead and 107 wounded, an Interior Ministry source said.

The triple bombs exploded almost simultaneously near a popular market in Shurta al Rabia district located in southwestern Baghdad, killing 21 and wounding 107, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to talk to the media.

The blasts also damaged some civilian vehicles and shops nearby. Windows of adjacent houses were blown out and shards of flesh and blood could be seen at the scene, the source said.

Earlier the source put the toll at 17 dead and 35 wounded. He added the explosion was caused by three carriages loaded with TNT explosives.

Violence has plummeted since its peak in 2006-2007 when sectarian fighting almost plunged the country into civil war, but sporadic high-profile attacks still happen.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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