Car bomb kills 22 near Baghdad Shi'ite mosque

A car bomb struck near a Shi'ite mosque in a busy commercial district Tuesday in Baghdad, killing at least 22 people and wounding dozens, police said. The thunderous explosion, which occurred just before 2 p.m., sent smoke billowing over concrete buildings in central Baghdad, two days after the expiration of a curfew aimed at preventing retaliatory violence after last week's bombing of a Shi'ite mosque in Samarra. Gunfire erupted shortly after the blast, which a police officer said went off near the Khillani mosque in the commercial area of Sinak. Police and hospital officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of security concerns, gave the casualty toll as at least 22 people killed and 75 wounded.