Baghdad Blasts Claim Nearly 200 LIives

On bloodiest day since surge, Maliki promises transfer of power by 2008
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2007 7:35 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Nearly 200 people were killed, and more than 200 injured, by five apparently coordinated explosions that rocked Baghdad yesterday. It was the deadliest day since the U.S. troop surge in the besieged capital, and a chilling backdrop to an announcement by PM al-Maliki that Iraqis will be completely in charge of the country by 2008.

The deadliest attack was in a market in Sadriya, where 140 people were killed—many of them laborers cleaning up after a previous explosion. Iraqis expressed continuing frustration:  "How is it that everyone knows where these killers are coming from, yet nobody can do anything to stop them?" one shopkeeper asked.