Blowing up Sadr City
Baghdad market blast kills scores
A huge explosion has ripped through a busy Baghdad market, killing at least 66 people, officials say.
About 100 others were injured in the car bomb attack in Sadr City, a Shia area frequently targeted by insurgents.
The explosion left a scene of carnage and devastation, with the dead and injured lying amid the wreckage of cars, shops and market stalls.
The new government has been battling to improve Baghdad security, and last weekend unveiled a national unity plan.
But the attack was the worst incident in the capital for weeks.
Reports say the car bomb was detonated as a police patrol passed, causing both police and civilian casualties.
The bomb was clearly aimed at causing the maximum possible casualties, says the BBC's Jim Muir in Baghdad.
It was detonated at one of the busiest times of the day in a popular market in a densely-populated area.
Markets - including others in Sadr City - have frequently been targeted by insurgents, causing huge loss
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