A crowded bazaar in Baghdad turned into a nightmarish scene as a booby-trapped motorcycle loaded with nails and ball-bearings exploded, killing at least 15 people. Iraqi officials say dozens more were wounded. It was the latest in a week of attacks that have killed more than 200 people ahead of next week's deadline for U.S. troops to
withdraw from urban areas in Iraq. The explosion occurred this morning, when the market was packed with young people buying or selling motorcycles in central Baghdad. Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack, but insurgents frequently target crowded market districts to try to maximize casualties. The motorcycle bazaar is only open on Fridays. The market has been hit by several bombings in the past, but
Iraqis have resumed flocking to the area due to a sharp drop in violence.