Insurgent attacks and heavy fighting rocked the Iraqi capital on Wednesday, as a suicide bomber killed at least six Iraqi civilians and wounded 54 others and U.S. aircraft and tanks raked rebel positions in the Sadr City slum.
Authorities said the suicide car bombing occurred outside a photocopy shop in western Baghdad where Iraqi National Guard applicants were readying their papers before heading to a nearby recruiting center.
Bloodied bodies, shattered glass and debris littered the street in the commercial neighborhood of Al-Jamiyah after the first explosion.
At least 13 vehicles were wrecked and the engine of the suicide car was hurled about 150 feet away.
"A man in a black Opel car drove up near the shop and detonated the explosives," said policeman Ahmed Jassem.
Human remains strewn over street
Ali Jabbar, who owns a nearby shop, helped relief workers to pick up human remains and put them into plastic bags. "I found this in the back of my pickup truck," he said, pointing to a piece of a brain in his hand.
Iraqi police and U.S. troops immediately cordoned off the area.
Interior Ministry official Col. Adnan Abdul-Rahman said the blast was caused by a suicide car bomber.
At least six people were killed and 54 wounded, said Dr. Mohammed Salaheddin of the nearby Yarmouk Hospital.
Another car bomb later shook the Mansour district of Baghdad after U.S. troops were seen moving through the area and thick black smoke could be seen rising from the area, police and witnesses said. Police said they believed there were casualties but had no details.
The bombings case as U.S. aircraft and tanks attacked Shiite militia positions in fierce fighting in Sadr City, killing 10 people and injuring 92 others, hospital officials said.