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Last Updated: Monday, 17 May, 2004, 09:20 GMT 10:20 UK
In pictures: Baghdad bomb attack
Smoke rising over Baghdad
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Smoke from the blast quickly rose up over Baghdad's Green Zone - the sealed-off area where coalition headquarters are located.
A US soldier in front of burned vehicles
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The street and vehicles were charred and blackened by the burning.
Tanks and wreckage at the blast scene
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Iraq Governing Council leader Ezzedine Salim was killed - his car was the last in a convoy queuing to enter the headquarters when the attack occurred.
Soldiers carry the body of a victim
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Several other people were also killed at the checkpoint.
US soldier watches as a colleague stands in blast hole
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The force of the explosion left a deep crater in the ground.
US soldier examining wreckage
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The search for evidence and clues is already under way.

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