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At least 29 killed in Baghdad blast
Agencies | March 17, 2004 23:38 IST
Last Updated: March 18, 2004 16:22 IST
A blast went off in the Karrada district of central Baghdad on Wednesday night, virtually destroying Mount Lebanon Hotel and damaging a number of houses and offices.
At least 29 people were killed and several injured.
"It's a scene from hell here," CNN quoted its Baghdad Bureau Chief Jane Arraf as saying.
The blast was believed to have been caused by a car bomb. Bystanders worked frantically to pull victims from the rubble, digging with their bare hands. TV footage showed trees, cars and buildings on fire.
It came as US-led coalition forces began Operation Iron Promise, a citywide sweep for insurgents, almost one year after the US invaded Iraq.