Baghdad attacks kill 19, injure more than 40

A rash of bombings in Baghdad killed at least 30 people and injured dozens, police said.

A rash of bombings in Baghdad killed at least 30 people and injured dozens, police said.

The attacks, which came in the hours after the death of Jordanian-born terrorist mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, began shortly before noon.

The first targeted a police patrol in the New Baghdad area in eastern Baghdad, killing two policemen and four civilians and wounding 11 other people, including three policemen, Lieutenant Ali Abbas said.

That was followed about an hour later by a blast at the fruit market in the same area, shortly after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki and US officials announced that terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been killed in an air strike north of Baghdad.

Two women were among the 13 killed when the bomb detonated at the entrance of the market, severely damaging several shops, police Colonel Ahmed Abod said, adding that at least 39 people were wounded in that attack.

A parked car bomb in north Baghdad killed six people and injured another 15, police said.

The attack occurred in Baghdad’s northern Kazimiyah suburb and apparently targeted a group of day labourers, Captain Mohammed Al-Waili of Kazimiyah police said. He had no other details.

Then another parked car bomb exploded in eastern Baghdad, killing five people and injuring more than one dozen, police said.

The attack occurred in the Amin market area in New Baghdad, Lieutenant Thaer Mahmoud of the Baghdad emergency police and Lieutenant Haidar Kamal of the Rashad police station said.

Earlier, a similar bomb in north Baghdad killed six people and injured another 15, police said.

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