Wednesday, September 05, 2007


Bomb explodes at Sadr City bus station

(AFP) - A roadside bomb ripped through a crowded bus station in Baghdad's Shiite slum of Sadr City, killing one person and wounding at least 11, a medic said Wednesday. The bomb went off near Al-Hamza square as buses were picking up commuters to ferry them to work, an interior ministry official said. A medic at the Sadr Hospital in Sadr City said one body had been brought to the facility while 11 wounded people were admitted.
Teeming Sadr City, with a population of more than one million, is a bastion of the Mahdi Army militia of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. It has been a frequent target of Sunni extremists setting off bombs amid the country's Shiite-Sunni sectarian conflict. A week ago Sadr ordered his militia to halt their armed actions for six months after they were accused of sparking bloody firefights with police in the shrine city of Karbala which turned a major Shiite pilgrimage into a bloodbath and killed 52 people.

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