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Muslims Kill At Least 41 Muslims In Iraq

From an ever hopeful Associated Press:

Iraqi Army soldiers search civilians at a checkpoint in the southern city of Amara, 365 kms south of Baghdad, October 2006.

Triple car bombs in Iraq’s south kill 41

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD – Three car bombs exploded in quick succession in the market district of a southern Iraqi city Wednesday, killing at least 41 people and wounding 150 in a Shiite region that has largely escaped the country’s sectarian bloodshed, authorities said.

The police chief in Amarah was fired, an immediate driving ban went into effect, and Iraqi soldiers deployed on the streets. Hospitals were quickly overwhelmed with the casualties, which mounted as bodies were pulled from the rubble, according to a provincial spokesman…

The explosions in Amarah were about five minutes apart, beginning with a small blast at the entrance to the market, said Mohammed Saleh, a provincial council spokesman, elaborating on earlier accounts by police and an intelligence official.

Saleh said bystanders gathered to look at the aftermath of that blast, which wounded just a few people, when a second car bomb exploded. The third car blew up nearby as the crowd began to flee, he said.

Saleh, a provincial council spokesman, said 41 people were killed and 150 wounded in the three explosions. He said local hospitals were overwhelmed with casualties and were turning away people whose injuries were not considered critical….

The police chief in Amarah was fired, an immediate driving ban went into effect, and Iraqi soldiers deployed on the streets….

The explosions could be felt a half-mile away, said Salam Hussein Jabr, who runs a travel agency. He said his office windows shook and two pictures fell off the walls, and he ran outside to see what had happened.

“This is the first time we’ve gone through anything like this,” said Jabr, a 44-year-old father of three.

Initially, Jabr said, people thought it was a mortar attack. Then the second car exploded.

“Police prevented us from getting near. I saw about 100 people on the ground and police, soldiers and civilians were evacuating them,” he told The Associated Press by telephone.

Black smoke billowed over the skyline and flames shot out of cars. Rescue crews worked to evacuate the victims. Sandals apparently lost in the rush lay near pools of blood.

Mohammed Sabri, an elementary school principal, called for more security in the city.

“Amarah is a quiet and stable city, but it seems that terrorists have arrived here,” he told AP Television News…

Elsewhere these heroic “freedom fighters” killed five civilians in a Christian neighborhood in eastern Baghdad. They also wounded thirteen in a bombing in Ghadeer.

All in a day’s work for the Religion Of Peace.

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