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November 11, 2004
A HUGE explosion hit the heart of Baghdad today, sending up plumes of thick black smoke above the central part of the capital.
The blast appeared to have hit near Saadoun Street, a densely populated commercial area with major hotels housing foreigners.
Ambulance sirens were heard wailing nearby.
A police official said a car bomb ripped through one of the main shopping streets in central Baghdad, causing many casualties.
A reporter on the scene saw bodies littering the pavement, which had been packed with shoppers when the attack happened at about 11:30am (7.30 AEDT).
A SUSPECTED car bomb ripped through a central Baghdad square today, with witnesses reporting many casualties.
The explosion set a dozen cars ablaze and sent black smoke billowing into the air, witnesses said.