October 21 2013 – Dozens Killed by Bombers at Baghdad Café: A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a crowded café on Sunday, and moments later, as bystanders rushed to help the wounded, another suicide attacker detonated a car bomb at the scene, the Iraqi police said. Together, the explosions killed 54 people and wounded more than 70.
The dual attack took place in the predominantly Shiite al-Amil neighborhood in southern Baghdad, at a time when young men from the area congregate at the cafe to socialize and to buy food from sidewalk stands. Most of the casualties were young men.
“I have never seen such a terrible disaster during my time,” said Abu Bassam, an ambulance driver who was at the scene. He said he had made three trips to the hospital and back, carrying the wounded and dead from the scene.
“Most of them were burned, and a lot of dismembered bodies — the hospital is now full,” he said.
Ali Sadi, 35, lives close to the cafe. “I was at the house when a big explosion happened,” he said. “The window glass broke, and the power went off. I was about to go out when another big explosion took place.”
Outside, Mr. Sadi said, “all I could see was a fire, lots of smoke and bodies on the floor covered with blood. I was shocked. I thought of all the people I know who usually go to this cafe.”
In two other areas of Baghdad, both mainly Sunni, explosions struck public markets on Sunday, killing 11 people and wounding dozens, the police said.
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