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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 October 2006, 10:30 GMT 11:30 UK
Thirteen killed by Baghdad bombs
Aftermath of bombing in Baghdad
The blasts ripped through a busy market area selling car parts
At least 13 people have died and dozens have been injured in a series of bomb blasts in a busy area in the south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

About 75 people were reported injured when three explosions hit the mainly Christian Camp Sarah district.

A convoy from Iraq's industry ministry was in the area at the time, but Industry Minister Fawzi al-Hariri told the BBC he was not present.

Nearby buildings were heavily damaged by the force of the blasts.

The blasts ripped through a busy market area largely given over to traders selling spare parts for cars and other vehicles.

One car bomb exploded, quickly followed by two roadside bombs.

Convoy 'refuelling'

Corpses and dozens of injured people were seen lying in the street awaiting help as ambulances reached the scene.

One woman sat weeping over the crumpled body of her son refusing to allow police or rescue workers to take him away, the AFP news agency reported.

The industry ministry told Reuters news agency a convoy of its cars were in the area taking on fuel when the suspected bombs went off.

Bodyguards for one of Mr Hariri's deputy ministers were with the convoy at the time, the ministry said.

Government ministers and other public officials are frequently targeted by gunmen and bomb attacks, and require constant security in an effort to try and guarantee their security.






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