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In pictures: Baghdad blast
Abdul Hussein cries after seeing his son Heider, 25, dead in Friday's market blast
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There were scenes of grief in Baghdad at the reported deaths of dozens of people in a blast at a market.
Blast site
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The blast left a crater in the busy market in the city's al-Shulaa district.
Blast survivor
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Blood-stained survivors ran through the market as families sought loved ones.
Relatives of Friday's market bomb victims
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People assembled outside the morgue, fearing the worst, as Iraq blamed a coalition air strike.
Scene inside morgue
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Bodies were quickly placed in coffins, following the ritual of early burial in the Middle East.
Mourners after the blast
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There were desperate cries of "God is great" as people took in the magnitude of the incident.
Hospital scene
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Doctors fought for the lives of the scores of people, young and old, believed injured in the blast.
Hospital scene
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One of the older people injured managed a show of defiance after this latest blast in a city under bombardment.






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