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Iraqi Parliament Suicide Bombing Kills At Least 8

From a joyous Associated Press:

Member of the Iraqi Parliament, Jalaluddin al-Saghir, being interviewed by Alhurra TV as he reacts to an explosion in the Iraqi parliament cafeteria Thursday April 12, 2007.

Bombing at Iraqi parliament kills 8

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writer

A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up in the Iraqi parliament cafeteria Thursday, killing at least eight people and wounding dozens in a stunning assault in the heart of the heavily fortified, U.S.-protected Green Zone.

The blast came hours after a suicide truck bomb exploded on a major bridge in Baghdad, collapsing the steel structure and sending cars tumbling into the Tigris River, police and witnesses said. At least 10 people were killed.

The parliament bombing was believed to be the deadliest attack in the Green Zone, the enclave that houses Iraq’s leadership as well as the U.S. Embassy, and is secured by American and Iraqi checkpoints.

Security officials at parliament, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information, said they believed the bomber was a bodyguard of a Sunni member of parliament who was not among the dead. They would not name the member of parliament.

The officials also said two satchel bombs were found in the building near the cafeteria. A U.S. bomb squad took the explosives away and detonated them without incident…

Iraqi officials said the bomber struck the cafeteria while several lawmakers were eating lunch, and at least three of them — two Sunnis and one Shiite — were killed. State television said 30 people were wounded…

Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh suggested that those behind the attack might work in the building.

“There are some groups that work in politics during the day and do things other than politics at night,” he told Alhurra, a U.S. government-funded Arab-language channel.

Video on Alhurra showed what appeared to be the moments just after the attack: A smoky hallway, with people screaming for help. One man was slumped over, covered in dust, motionless.

TV cameras and videotapes belonging to a crew sending footage to Western networks were confiscated and apparently handed over to U.S. authorities.

After the blast, security guards sealed the building and no one — including lawmakers — was allowed to enter or leave…

One of the dead lawmakers was Mohammed Awad, a member of the Sunni National Dialogue Front, said party leader Saleh al-Mutlaq. A female Sunni lawmaker from the same list was wounded, he said.

Another was Taha al-Liheibi, of the Sunni Accordance Front, said Mohammed Abu Bakr, who heads the legislature’s media department.

A third dead legislator was Niamah al-Mayahi, a member of the Shiite United Iraqi Alliance bloc, said Saleh al-Aujaili, a fellow member.

Abu Bakr and other lawmakers said they saw the suspected bomber’s body amid the ghastly scene.

“I saw two legs in the middle of the cafeteria and none of those killed or wounded lost their legs — which means they must be the legs of the suicide attacker,” he said.

Earlier in the day, security officials used dogs to check people entering the building in a rare precaution — apparently concerned that an attack might take place.

A security scanner for pedestrians at the entrance to the Green Zone near the parliament building was not working Thursday, Abu Bakr said. People were searched only by hand and had to pass through metal detectors, he said.

The brazen bombing was the clearest evidence yet that militants can penetrate even the most secure locations. Masses of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers are on the streets in the ninth week of a security crackdown in the capital and security measures inside the Green Zone have been significantly hardened…

Al-Ilyan, who is in Jordan recovering from knee surgery, said the blast also “underlines the failure of the government’s security plan.”

The plan is 100 percent a failure. It’s a complete flop. The explosion means that instability and lack of security has reached the Green Zone, which the government boasts is heavily fortified,” he said…

Of course the main reason for the article is that last part. (If Al-Ilyan says so, then it surely must be true.)

But that is why every day we have such a detailed listing of the death and destruction from our watchdog media.

They are determined to convince us that “the surge” is a failure and all is lost.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 12th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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