In the deadliest of the attacks, a parked car bomb detonated in a crowd of workers at the Sadriyah market in central Baghdad, killing at least 116 people and wounding 145, said Raad Muhsin, an official at Al-Kindi Hospital where the victims were taken.
A police official confirmed the toll, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.
Among the dead were several construction workers who had been rebuilding the mostly Shiite marketplace after a bombing destroyed many shops and killed 137 people there in February, the police official said." Yahoo New
In what is clearly a coordinated demonstration of capability, suicide and other bombers struck all over Baghdad today to show the world and the Shia Arab population of Baghdad that the Petraeus/Kagan/Keene plan for the pacification of the city will not succeed without a tremendous fight in the course of which many Shia will suffer.
The bridge demolitions last week were undoubtedly part of the plan for this counter-offensive. As can be seen from the BBC chart below, there are many advantages to be derived by the insurgents from isolating East Baghdad from the increasingly Sunni Arab western side of the city.
It will be interesting to see how this campaign develops over the coming months. pl