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six car bombs killed 133 people

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November 24th, 2006

six car bombs killed 133 people in a Shiite militia stronghold in Baghdad on Thursday, in one of most devastating such attacks since the U.S. invasion.A further 201 people were wounded, police said. The Interior Ministry earlier put the toll at 115 dead and 125 wounded. The blasts, which were followed by a mortar barrage aimed at a nearby Sunni enclave, came at the same time as gunmen mounted a bold daylight raid on the Shiite-run Health Ministry.

Six parked vehicles each packed with as much as half a tonne of explosives, as well as mortars landing in the area, devastated streets and a crowded market in the sprawling Sadr City slum in east Baghdad, Major General Jihad Al Jabori of the Interior Ministry told Iraqiya state television.Five people were wounded at the Health Ministry, about 5 km from Sadr City when about 30 guerrillas fired mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns into the compound in one of the biggest public shows of force by militants since the US invasion in 2003. The arrival of US helicopters and troops eventually. dispersed the assailants.

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