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At least 38 killed in apparently coordinated Baghdad bomb attacks

Published time: October 07, 2013 16:01
Edited time: December 24, 2013 16:46
Iraqis inspect the aftermath of a suicide attack in Baghdad's eastern al-Jadidah district, on October 7, 2013. (AFP Photo)

Iraqis inspect the aftermath of a suicide attack in Baghdad's eastern al-Jadidah district, on October 7, 2013. (AFP Photo)

A string of bombs in what appears to be a coordinated attack in Baghdad has killed 38 people.

Police sources told Reuters that the blasts were in mainly Shi’ite Muslim areas of the city.

However, there was also an explosion in the predominately Sunni Muslim neighborhood of Doura.

Police said that there were reports of seven explosions in eight different neighborhoods, adding that the attacks mostly involved car bombs and hit commercial areas in the city.

In the deadliest attack, a parked car bomb killed six and wounded 13 on one street alone, police said.

Religiously mixed neighborhoods were also targeted.

In a separate attack four members of a government backed Sunni militia were killed in a roadside bomb in northern Baghdad and a policeman died fighting militants in Hilla, 100 km north of the capital.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the vast majority of such bombings are the work Sunni Islamist insurgents often allied to Al-Qaeda who are seeking to destabilize the Shi’ite government and stoke up sectarian conflict.

Earlier Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for a number of rare suicide bombings in the relatively peaceful self-ruled Kurdish region in the north of the country.

On September 29, twin suicide car bombs killed Kurdish troops and wounded at least 30 others.

Monday’s bombing comes after days of havoc in Iraq, which has killed hundreds and injured thousands.

On Sunday two suicide bombers blew up vehicles at a school and a police station in northern Iraq, killing at least 15, 12 of whom were children. While 14 more people were killed on a cortege of Shi’ite pilgrims in Baghdad.

On Saturday 72 people were killed in another raft of attacks, when a suicide bomber hit Shi’ite pilgrims who were passing through a Sunni neighborhood en route on a Shi’ite shrine. Another attack took place in a café in a Shi’ite neighborhood and in a separate incident in the northern town of Mosul two journalists were abducted and shot dead.

The conflict between Sunni Muslims and Shi’ites in Iraq has mushroomed over the past year amid fears that the country is sliding towards a full scale civil war. The situation in Iraq has been inflamed by the fighting in Syria, which has drawn in fighters from both sides of the sectarian divide.

More than 6,000 people have been killed already this year, as Iraq slides back to levels of sectarian bloodshed which reached a climax in 2006-2007, while US troops were still stationed in the country. Almost all the attacks have been claimed by Al-Qaeda.

Comments (4)

 

michael mazur 08.10.2013 09:41

Imagine, earlier last week, say, we have several suicide bombers huddled in a room mutually vowing to take their own lives in the cause of taking the lives of others, whether they be Shiite, or mixed Shiite and Sunni, or Kurds, because they hate everybody so much that occasionally taking the lives of a few Sunni passers by is a sacrifice they hope their co religionists so caught up don't mind as its all for Allah.

And this has been repeated every week - or less, for many years now in Iraq.

That would mean hundreds of suicide bombers every year, thousands in the course of these last nine years.

That many ? Really ?

 

Commander 07.10.2013 22:16

Alex Semiletow 07.10.2013 20:16

So... what is exactly we (the US) achieved in Iraq?

  


The big western oil giants are now in charge of the Iraqi oil reserves. In addition, the Saddam Hussein threat to America's friend Saudi Arabia has been neutralized. The regime change agenda for Iraq was carried out successfully.

 

Commander 07.10.2013 21:40

In a good and noble act of selflessness, the Americans brought democracy to Baghdad. Now, look how peaceful and progressive Iraq has become. What a joke! What a tragedy!

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