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Car Bomb Explodes in Baghdad Market

A bomb in a parked car exploded in a livestock market Thursday in the Babil Providence of south Baghdad. The New York Times reported the bomb killed 14 people and injured 38 others, most of them severely, however the Star Tribune reported a different story. According to the Tribune story, the bomb killed only 12 and wounded 60 people. Both sources agree that the bomb exploded during a busy time at the market and all victims were civilians. Witnesses of the bombing say the ground shook and there were bodies and animal carcasses everywhere. The area where is occurred is usually non-violent. It is a Shiite-majority farming district where the ruling tribes keep a close watch on outsiders. No one has taken responsibility for the act, although this shows that militants are still able to stage violent and bloody attacks even with the general decline in violence in Iraq.