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BAGHDAD - The killing of at least 102 people in a truck bomb blast at a Baghdad market on Saturday was the worst attack this year, but only the latest in a long series of horrific attacks since the US-led invasion of the country in 2003.

The deadliest single attacks to date:

2007

- Feb 3: A truck bomb attack in Baghdad`s Sadriya market kills 102 people.

- Feb 1: A twin suicide attack on a Hilla market kills 73 people.

- Jan 22: Two car bomb attacks leave at least 88 people dead in Baghdad.

- Jan 16: Bombs outside a Baghdad university kill at least 70 people, most of them students.

2006

- Dec 12: At least 70 people die when suicide bombers blow up vehicles among a crowd of casual labourers in Baghdad.

- Nov 23: At least 202 people die in a string of car bombings in the impoverished Shiite area of Sadr City, a stronghold of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

- Aug 13: A series of car bombings in Zafaraniyah district of southeastern Baghdad leaves 73 dead.

- April 7: Ninety people are killed when three suicide bombers, two of them disguised as women, blow themselves up as worshippers leave a popular Baghdad Shiite mosque

- Feb 22: Insurgents bomb a revered Shiite shrine in the town of Samarra, triggering a wave of communal bloodshed that leaves hundreds dead.

- Jan 5: A suicide bomber kills 67 at a police recruitment centre in Ramadi, west of Baghdad while a suicide attack in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala kills 44.

2005

- Nov 18: Suicide attacks against two Shiite mosques in Khanaqin, northeast of Baghdad, kill 78.

- Sept 29: A triple car bombing claimed by the late leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leaves 99 dead in Balad, a primarily Shiite town north of Baghdad.

- Sept 14: At least 128 people are killed as a suicide bomber targeting day labourers brings carnage to the Baghdad Shiite shrine district of Kadhimiyah.

- July 16: A suicide bomber blows up a propane gas tanker near a Shiite mosque in Al-Musayyib, south of the capital, killing 83 people.

- May 11: Bombers strike in three Iraqi cities, killing 84.

- March 10: Fifty-one Iraqis are killed in a suicide bombing at a Shiite funeral in Mosul.

- Feb 28: At least 118 people are killed and scores more wounded when a suicide bombing hits the overwhelmingly Shiite city of Hilla.

2004

- Dec 19: Car bombs explode near Shiite shrines in Najaf and Karbala, killing at least 66 people and wounding more than 200.

- July 28: Seventy people are killed in a suicide car bombing in the flashpoint town of Baquba north of Baghdad.

- June 24: Insurgents unleash a wave of coordinated attacks across Iraq killing more than 100 people.

- April 21: Bomb attacks targeting police stations around the main southern city of Basra kill at least 74 people, mostly policemen and schoolchildren.

- March 2: Bomb attacks on Shiites in Karbala and Baghdad kill more than 180 people.

- Feb 10: At least 55 people are killed in car bombing outside a police station in Iskandariyah, south of Baghdad.

- Feb 1: At least 105 people are killed when twin suicide bombers blow themselves up at the headquarters of the two leading Kurdish political parties in Arbil.

2003

- Aug 29: In the deadliest bombing in 2003 since the US-led invasion, a car bomb kills 83 people, including leading Shiite politician Ayatollah Mohammad Baqer al-Hakim, outside one of Shiite Islam`s holiest shrines in Najaf.

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