Dozens killed in Iraq attacks
20 March 2012, 15:01
Iraq - Near-simultaneous attacks in several Iraqi cities killed at
least 39 people on Tuesday on the anniversary of the US-led invasion of
the country, just days before Baghdad hosts a landmark Arab summit.
said that more than 188 people were wounded in the spate of gun and
bomb attacks that rocked towns and cities spanning the northern oil-rich
hub of Kirkuk and the southern shrine city of Karbala between 07:00 and
Tuesday's deadliest attack occurred in Karbala, where two
roadside blasts at the entrance to the city killed 13 people and
wounded 48, according to provincial health spokesperson Jamal Mehdi.
Ninth anniversary of invasion
spokesperson Major Alaa Abbas of Karbala, which is south of Baghdad and
home to the shrines of revered Shi'ite clerics Imam Hussein and Imam
Abbas, confirmed the toll.
A car bomb targeting a police station
in the ethnically-mixed city of Kirkuk killed nine policemen and wounded
42 people, the vast majority of them police, according to Dr Mohammed
Abdullah at the city's hospital.
"We have also received parts of bodies, but we do not know who they belong to," Abdullah said.
car bomb in the central town of Hilla, south of the capital, killed two
people and wounded 31 others, provincial security committee chief
Haidar al-Zambur said. The toll was confirmed by Ali Mohammed at Hilla
A car bomb set off by a suicide attacker in central
Baghdad killed two people and wounded eight, security and medical
Separate gun and bomb attacks in Salaheddin province killed two people, including a city councillor, police said.
Bombings in the refinery town of Baiji, and the northern towns of Daquq and Al-Dhuluiyah left 17 people wounded.
There were also bombings in Mahmudiya and in Anbar province.
attacks come on the ninth anniversary of the beginning of the US-led
invasion of Iraq which ousted Saddam Hussein, and just days before
Baghdad hosts an Arab League summit, the first meeting of the 22-nation
body to be held in the capital since Saddam's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
across the country is down from its peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks
remain common. A total of 150 Iraqis were killed in February, according
to official figures.