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Tanker bomb kills 16 in Baghdad
December 17, 2003 13:15 IST
Last Updated: December 17, 2003 14:04 IST
A tanker truck exploded on Wednesday at a busy crossroads in Baghdad killing at least 16 people and wounding a dozen.
"This was an act of terrorism because there was no (military) target here," Baghdad police chief Hamid Sabah Fahed was quoted as saying by a news agency.
The blast went off at 0830 hours IST in the Al-Bayaa district in the southwest of the capital.
Reporters at the scene said the tanker exploded in the middle of a wide crossroads, devastating the immediate surrounding area, incinerating cars and people in them.
Four people were dead in one car, while a pickup truck, a minibus and the tanker truck were reduced to burnt-out metal wreckage.