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Last Updated: Saturday, 17 June 2006, 14:55 GMT 15:55 UK
In pictures: Baghdad attacks

Smoke rises after Baghdad blast

A string of bomb and mortar attacks was launched in and near Baghdad, killing about 30 people, injuring scores and leaving scenes of devastation.

Injured man after attack near Wathiq Square, Baghdad

Many civilians were among the dead and injured - some were able to walk away from the wreckage.

Iraqis carry an injured colleague to hospital

Others had to be carried to hospital by friends and colleagues.

Youths mourn outside a Baghdad hospital

Friends and relatives gathered at local hospitals - but for some the news was of the loss of their loved ones.

Fireman at scene of Wathiq Square attack

Passers-by were left in shock as emergency services rushed to the attack sites.

Clearing up at Isterbadi market in the predominantly Shia suburb of Kazimiyah

Two Baghdad markets were among the sites chosen for attack - including the old Isterbadi market in the mainly Shia suburb of Kazimiyah.

Aftermath of attack on Haraj market

At the second market, Haraj, survivors watched as the bloodstained wreckage was cleared away.

Iraqi soldiers inspect bombed minibus

One bomb ripped through a minibus, causing devastation and killing at least three passengers.

Woman raises her hands near scene of minibus attack

Residents had hoped the huge security clampdown would increase safety on the streets of the capital.






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