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Bombings kill over 50 across Iraq

Terrorists unleash a slew of explosions across Iraq, killing more than 50 people and injuring 70.

world Updated: Sep 27, 2007 12:10 IST
Xinhua

Terrorists unleashed a slew of explosions across Iraq, killing more than 50 people and injuring about 70.


Two car bombs went off simultaneously on Wednesday at a market in Bayaa, a Shiite district in southwestern Baghdad, at dusk when people were about to have dinner to break the fast they keep in the holy month of Ramadan. The explosions killed at least 32 people and left 28 injured, police said.

"There has been an increase in violence in the past few days. We had been expecting it," US military spokesman Major General Kevin Bergner said.

A suicide bomber drove an explosive-laden car into an Iraqi Army patrol in Mosul of the northern Nineveh province and blew it up on Wednesday afternoon, killing three civilians and wounding a soldier, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, another suicide bomber on Wednesday rammed his explosive-laden car into a court building under construction in the al-Maliyah district in southern Mosul, killing three people and injuring 47 others, most of whom were workers in the building.

In addition, the security forces foiled another suicide truck bomb attack on Wednesday when policemen in western Mosul shot dead a truck driver before he reached the target.

The source quoted Duraid Kashmoulah, governor of Mosul, as saying that a curfew was imposed in the city until further notice due to the recent security deterioration that claimed hundreds of lives.

Earlier on Wednesday, a suicide truck bomb hit a house of a tribal leader in the Nineveh province, killing 10 people and wounding nine others.

The attack was followed by two car bomb blasts on Wednesday at a town in Baghdad's neighbouring Salahudin province. At least seven people were killed and five others wounded.

Since US troops boosted security operations in June, Baghdad has seen a decrease in violence. Yet, bombing attacks became more frequent in other regions of the country.

The bloodshed on Wednesday punctured the relative lull since the beginning of Ramadan or the month of fast on Sep 13, when a car bomb killed Sheikh Abdul Sattar Abu Reesha, a powerful Sunni tribal leader in Anbar province, who echoed a US campaign of driving out Al Qaeda fighters acting in the region.

On Monday, a suspected Al -Qaeda suicide bomber torpedoed a reconciliation meeting between Sunni and Shiite Muslims near the city of Baquba. The explosion at a mosque, where the talks were being held, killed 28 people and wounded 34.