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Bomb blast at Baghdad pet market

01.02.2008 13:21

At least 35 people were killed when a bomb hidden inside a box of birds exploded at a popular pet market in central Baghdad on Friday, police said, the latest strike at one of the capital's most popular gathering places.

Another 75 were wounded in the blast at the crowded Ghazil market, which has been bombed at least three times in the past year. Ambulances and police were trying to evacuate the wounded, Reuters reported.

In another attack, 8 people were killed and 10 wounded at a separate bird market in southern Baghdad, police said.

The market only opens on Fridays and is a popular spectacle visited by hundreds of Baghdadis.

While attacks continue to fall across Iraq, the latest blasts underscore U.S. military warnings that a return to the violence that took Iraq to the brink of sectarian civil war is still possible.