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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 June 2007, 17:41 GMT 18:41 UK
In pictures: Baghdad mosque blast

Scene of the blast near the al-Khilani mosque in Baghdad, Iraq

At least 78 people have been killed in a truck bomb blast near a Shia mosque in central Baghdad, Iraqi officials say.

Rescue teams at the scene of the blast

The powerful explosion occurred in a car park near the al-Khilani mosque, destroying the outer wall and part of the building's interior.

An injured man in a Baghdad hospital

Some 200 people were injured, and there are fears that the death toll will rise further.

Scene of the blast

The mosque's imam, Sheikh Saleh al-Haidari, said worshippers were hit as they were leaving afternoon prayers.

Smoke billows over Baghdad

The explosion sent huge plumes of smoke billowing over the Iraqi capital.

Scene of the blast

It was one the most devastating attacks in Baghdad since US and Iraqi troops began a crackdown on militants in February.




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