– YET ANOTHER BLAST IN BAGHDAD KILLED 16
A car bomb blast, which ripped through a crowd of shoppers near a bus stop in northern Baghdad, on Thursday 03/26/2009 noon, has killed at least 16 people and injured more than 30. The bomb went off near a market in the capital’s Shaab district, a mainly Shiaa area, officials say.
Iraqi police believe it was a deliberate attempt to kill the maximum number of civilians possible. Violence has declined in Iraq recently but on Monday, a suicide bomber killed 25 people in the north of the country.
Police think it was a deliberate attempt to slaughter civilians at random, probably by Al Qaeda in Iraq, as a way of sending a message that “we are still here”, the BBC’s Hugh Sykes in Baghdad says.
Our correspondent adds that the poor and unremarkable Shaab district has been attacked several times before
No-one has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
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