Baghdad: At least 5 dead in market bombings

October 22, 2006 12:58


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Bombs on Sunday ripped through crowds of shoppers at a market and bakery stocking up on sweets and other delicacies to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, killing at least five people, police said. The carnage in the Shurja wholesale market, Baghdad's oldest and largest, marked the second time in as many days that open-air shopping places have been targeted and looks to cap a surge in deaths during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, which ends on Sunday for Sunnis. At least 19 people were killed and scores injured in a bomb and mortar attack Saturday on a market in Mahmoudiyah, just south of the capital.

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