Skip to main content Text Only version of this page
Where I Live
A-Z Index
 Find Out
 The Team

Contact Us

  Heavy bombing continues around Baghdad
Updated 29 March 2003, 19.46
Smoke over Baghdad
Coalition forces have continued bombing southern Baghdad throughout the day, targeting Republican Guards defending the city.

The Guards are special soldiers who are really loyal to Saddam Hussein.

The Information Ministry was bombed
The Information Ministry was bombed

Loud explosions have also been heard in the centre of the city. BBC reporters there reckon it's some of the heaviest bombardment yet and much bigger bombs are being used.

Earlier, a Tomahawk cruise missile was fired at Iraq's Information Ministry in Baghdad.

Lots of journalists work there and much of their equipment was destroyed.

Market explosion

The attacks come just a day after a massive explosion at a busy marketplace in the Shula district.

Iraqi officials claim a US cruise missile hit the market, killing 58 people.

But US officials say they are still trying to find out what happened.

Iraqi TV has been showing upsetting hospital pictures of people they claim were hurt in the blast. Iraqi officials say the Information Ministry was bombed by the coalition to stop pictures like this being shown.

If the figures are right, it will the biggest number of civilians killed in a single incident so far in the war.

Other main points:

  • Iraq claims they are responsible for a suicide car bomb which killed four US soldiers near Najaf, and promises more attacks like it

  • President George W Bush says the Iraqi Government "controls only a small portion" of the country

  • A fifth UK soldier is missing, feared dead, in a "friendly fire" incident in southern Iraq

  • The US has bombed a building in Basra where they believe 200 special soldiers loyal to Saddam Hussein were

  • US officials deny a report that coalition forces have decided to take a break in their march to Baghdad because of supply problems.

Hear storyHear story

More InfoBORDER=0
WorldIraq war: hour by hour updates
WorldHow is the war being reported?
WorldWords of war explained
Find OutIraq crisis special section
VoteVote on TV war pictures


Past StoriesBORDER=0
50 'may be dead' in Iraq market attack
Battles rage in Iraq
Important targets hit in Baghdad bombings
Bush: Coalition is 'breaking Saddam's grip'
US raid 'may have caused market deaths'
Warplanes attack Iraqi tanks



E-mail this page to a friend

Full World Section
Also in World now:
Battle rages in Iraqi rebel city
Black Watch soldier dies in Iraq
Yasser Arafat in dangerous coma
War with Iraq
Full section
Check out our special Iraq war section
Iraq war: Daily update keeps you informed
Jet Confused by war jargon? Read our guide
Matthew Price is writing us a web diary from on board the Ark Royal Matthew's war diary: Back on dry land
Pix of the assault on Iraq
Iraq: Your views from around the world
Find out all about North Korea
© BBC Back to top^^
Homepage | UK | World | Sport | Music | TV/Film | Animals | Sci/Tech | Weather
Pictures | Find Out | The Team | Games | Chat | Vote | Win | Quiz | Club