Attacks leave 39 dead across Iraq
At least 39 people were killed in a bloody explosion of violence across Iraq on Monday, including a spate of bombings against buses carrying people to work.india Updated: May 29, 2006 16:51 IST
At least 39 people were killed in a bloody explosion of violence across Iraq on Monday, including a spate of bombings against buses carrying people to work.
The attacks underlined the parlous security situation in Iraq as agreement on the key defence and interior ministries remained elusive despite the formation of a new government on May 20, five months after national elections.
Despite repeated assertions that a final decision on the security ministers was imminent, the positions remain unfilled because of bickering among the major political parties.
In the deadliest bus attack on Monday, 11 people were killed and 11 wounded when a bomb tore through bus carrying Iraqis to work Khalis, a town about 80 kilometers north of Baghdad.
Another eight people were killed and 17 wounded when a car bomb exploded in a predominantly Sunni neighbourhood of Baghdad.
The blast was shortly followed by a second one in the same neighborhood, but US soldiers had cordoned off the area, so casualties were not immediately known.
Only a few hours earlier, a bus in the Shiite neighborhood of Kadhimiya just across the river was blown up, killing seven people and wounding nine.
In southern Baghdad, another bomb went off inside a commuter minibus, killing two Iraqis and wounding one.
A car bomb also exploded next to a police patrol in the Karrada neighborhood of Baghdad near the German embassy, killing three people and wounding five.
Another 11 people were killed in other violence Monday, highlighting the surge in attacks against ordinary Iraqis trying to go about their daily lives despite the Sunni-led insurgency and a flare-up of sectarian violence.
Iraqi and US officials have said that local security forces could start taking over responsibility from the US-led foreign troops for at least two provinces by the summer.