Hisham Shouar was 200 metres from his shop when the car bomb detonated, killing six people and injuring three others a short distance from the fortified Green Zone.
The blast tore through his shop, where he sells toys and groceries, as well as a currency exchange and a pharmacy, setting fire to the cars parked around it. The bomb was one of 12 devices to detonate in Baghdad (video) in a deadly wave of explosions by Sunni extremists aimed at Shia areas that left 56 dead and 200 injured.
The attacks took place 10 years to the day after President George W Bush announced the start of the US-led invasion of Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein.
Responding to the attacks, Iraq's cabinet announced a few hours later that it had decided to postpone provincial elections set for 20 April in two restive provinces – Anbar and Nineveh, which have seen escalating Sunni protests against the Shia-dominated government because of the security situation.
TVNL Comment: Just another perk of Operation Iraqi Freedom.