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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Car Bomb in Baghdad Kills 25

BAGHDAD -- A parked car bomb ripped through a packed outdoor market in southwestern Baghdad on Tuesday morning, killing 25 people and injuring 60 others despite a 3-month security crackdown meant to reduce violence in the capital.

The deadly blast occurred at about 10 a.m. in the Shiite-dominated neighborhood of Amil, and sent the market into chaos.

Black smoke poured out of crumpled cars ignited by the blast. Nearby buildings were badly damaged and set ablaze, while others were reduced to rubble. Residents ran through the streets with buckets and pots of water to put out the fires, while others frantically tore through the rubble, looking for survivors in street flooded by a burst water main.

"There were four women around my stall when we heard a loud explosion, which threw me many meters away from my stall," said Fadhil Hussein, 32, who sells spices in the market and suffered shrapnel wounds in his back and head.

Sami Hussein, 25, was heading to the market with her 5-year old son when she heard the blast, "followed by gray and black smoke, which engulfed the market and made me to fall on the ground."

"I lost my son, and have no idea about his fate," she said. Medical officials at the hospital said her son had been killed in the explosion.

The blast came amid the U.S. and Iraqi security operation meant to flush out insurgents and restore order to Baghdad.