By RFE RL
(RFE/RL) — Three explosions rocked a busy market in the Iraqi capital today, resulting in what police and hospital workers are describing as a large number of casualties.
The blasts occurred in Shurja, a commercial district in central Baghdad on the first day of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.
Initial reports said at least 10 people were killed by the blasts.
In a separate attack, a bomb attached to a minibus exploded in the Shi’ite neighborhood of Sadr City in eastern Baghdad, killing one civilian.
In the Zayouna area of eastern Baghdad, gunmen using silencers assassinated a police brigadier general in a drive-by shooting today.
Meanwhile, in the town of Taji, about 20 kilometers north of Baghdad, four bombs exploded today near the home of Yassin Essa Dawoud, a local leader in the government-backed Awakening Councils which turned against Iraq’s insurgency.
Four people were killed by the explosions, including Dawoud’s wife and brother.