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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 November 2006, 17:20 GMT
In pictures: Sadr City blasts

Black smoke rises from a burning car in Sadr City

Scores of people have been killed in a series of blasts in the mainly Shia Sadr City area of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Fire in the aftermath of the Sadr City blasts

Three car bombs exploded and there was also at least one mortar attack, reports said. One of the blasts targeted a food market which has been attacked several times.

An ambulance amid thick smoke in Sadr City

Officials said that 115 people had been killed but other reports put the toll at more than 140. A further 200 people are reported to have been injured.

Blood on the ground at the scene of one of the blasts

Witnesses spoke of bodies strewn among mangled wreckage and body parts in the streets, while surrounding buildings were left ablaze.

An ambulance rushes to the scene of one of the blasts

The blasts destroyed whole streets and caused immediate panic, leaving emergency services struggling to cope.

An Iraqi doctor treats a wounded man at a Sadr City hospital

People injured in the blasts were rushed to hospitals, where doctors worked to treat them.

An Iraqi man weeps at the site of the minibus shootings

Earlier in the day, US troops opened fire on a minibus in Sadr City, killing four passengers.

Injured Iraqis lie in hospital beds after the minibus shootings

The shootings happened as US troops carried out a raid in the city, Iraqi security sources said.






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