Thirteen people were killed and 57 wounded when a bomb hidden in a box of birds exploded today at a pet market in Baghdad. Four policeman were among the dead, reports Reuters. The bombing was the deadliest in Iraq since car bombs killed 32 people in the capital on September 26. Still, the US military says attacks are down 55% since the surge started in June.
The Baghdad pet market has been struck before; seven people were killed there in a January blast and three more a month earlier. "The people were happy the last two weeks because the situation has improved," said one merchant. "This explosion disturbs us." Meanwhile, in Mosul, nine people were killed in two separate suicide car bombings targeting the police.