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In pictures: Baghdad car bombs

Iraqis stand by a building badly damaged in bomb blasts in Baghdad

A double car bombing in a mainly Shia district of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has killed at least 60 people and injured more than 130.

Smoke from two car bombs in the New Baghdad area of the Iraqi capital

The two blasts tore through a busy open-air market in the New Baghdad area in quick succession, witnesses said.

A damaged Red Crescent ambulance in Baghdad

Many of the injured were carried to hospital on makeshift stretchers. A badly-burnt Red Crescent ambulance could be seen at the scene of the explosions.

Smoke from car bomb blasts in the New Baghdad area of the Iraqi capital

Large plumes of smoke rose above the city, which was rocked by a third car bomb at a police checkpoint in the Sadr City district shortly afterwards. Two people were killed.

Red Crescent ambulances near the scene of two car bombs in Baghdad

The attacks are the deadliest since a joint US-Iraqi security offensive was launched on Wednesday.

US Black Hawk helicopters fly over Baghdad after two car bombs

They came a day after US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited Baghdad and said the security operation had begun well.

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