At least 12 people were killed and 26 others injured on Friday when a car bomb struck a crowded market in the southern Baghdad neighbourhood of Dora, police said. Women and children were among the dead in the attack that also destroyed nearly a dozen shops in the Abu Dshir market in Dora, a police officer told AFP.
Earlier, mourners shouted anti-US slogans, torched American and Israeli flags and called for a work stoppage in Baghdad's Shiite bastion as a slain lawmaker was laid to rest on Friday. "Down with American, down with the occupation," Shiite youngsters shouted while burning the flags at a public square in Sadr City after Friday prayers.
Earlier in the day, gunfire rattled through the Shiite stronghold where 41-year-old anti-American Shiite MP Saleh al-Ogayly was killed Thursday in a roadside bomb attack. A large number of supporters of the MP, who is from the anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's party, called for a work stoppage on October 18 as a sign of protest against Thursday's assassination, the first of an Iraqi MP in 18 months.
Residents said heavy firing was heard in Sadr City where Iraqi troops and the US military stepped up security after Thursday's high-profile bomb attack. "What happened indicates that the occupation (US forces) was behind the attack," said a spokesman for Sadr.