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Car Bombs Kill More Than 127 Across Baghdad

From an overjoyed Al Jazeera:


Baghdad hit by string of attacks

The Iraqi capital Baghdad has been struck by five car bombings killing at least 127 people on Wednesday.

The attacks came only hours after Nuri al-Maliki, the country’s prime minister, said his forces would take over security in Iraq from US-led forces by the end of the year.

A defence ministry official said the deadliest explosion near a market in the mixed Kurdish and Shia Sadriya area of the city killed at least 82 people and wounded a further 94.

Another security official put the death toll at 75 with 105 wounded, although a medical official at the capital’s Al-Kindi hospital said doctors there had received only 69 bodies so far.

Al Jazeera sources said the death toll could be as high as 90.

An earlier explosion killed least 30 people in the predominately Shia area of Sadr City in Baghdad.
45 people were also wounded when the suicide bomber hit a traffic jam of civilian cars queuing at a checkpoint in the large suburb that is home to around 2.5 million people.

Police said five Iraqi security officials were among the dead.

At least eight vehicles were incinerated and huge plume of black smoke could be seen rising from the scene.

Earlier another car bomb killed 10 people and wounded 15 in the predominantly Shia district of Karrada. The blast damaged the Abdul-Majid hospital and other nearby buildings.

A bomb inside a minibus killed two people and wounded five near al-Shurja in central Baghdad, police said.

The fourth explosion was from a bomb left on a minibus in the northwestern Risafi area, killing four people and wounding six others…

In a speech delivered on his behalf at a ceremony marking the handover of southern Maysan province from British to Iraqi control, al-Maliki said three provinces in the autonomous Kurdistan region would be next, followed by Kerbala and Wasit provinces.

“Then it will be province by province until we achieve (this transfer) before the end of the year,” al-Maliki said in the speech delivered by Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, the national security adviser.

Al-Rubaie said this could happen even sooner.

“We are working very hard to get all provinces to have control and transfer security responsibilities … well before Christmas,” he told reporters in English after the ceremony.

Hope springs eternal for the terrorists.

If they can only hang on.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 18th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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