Baghdad bombs kill 66
A car bomb near a central Baghdad market killed 21 people Wednesday, a defence ministry official said, bringing to at least 66 the death toll from a spate of bombings in the capital.
The explosives-rigged car blew up in the Al-Sadriyah district, home to a mixed Kurdish and Shiite population.
The defence ministry official said another 74 people were wounded and added that women and children were among the casualties.
Markets are a frequent target for bombings by Sunni extremists bent on slaughtering Shiites, the majority community in Iraq which now heads the government and dominates the security forces.
The bombings have continued despite a massive security crackdown launched more than two months ago that has seen tens of thousands of Iraqi and US troops patrolling the capital's streets.