Bombs and shootings claim 44 lives in Iraq
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Bombs and shootings claim 44 lives in Iraq

This came as as the new PM assured people that he would soon name candidates for Iraq's key security portfolios.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 11:12 IST

Violence killed 44 people in Iraq on Tuesday as the new Prime Minister again assured people he would soon name candidates for the country's key security portfolios.

Twenty-two Iraqis were killed and 58 wounded when a car bomb exploded in a crowded popular market place at sunset in Husseiniya, just northeast of the capital.

As police and rescue workers swarmed through the area, a second bomb was discovered and defused.

Only an hour earlier, 12 people were killed and 32 wounded when a car bomb, ripped through a used car lot in Hillah, the capital of Babel province, south of the capital.

The blasts came as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told BBC he would fill his government's contentious security posts by the end of the week.

Maliki also said he had a better chance of tackling the daily carnage in Iraq than his predecessors because he was head of the country's first full-term administration since the US-led invasion.

"We took a long time because it is an important task that means a lot to Iraq, Iraqis and to the political process," Maliki said, as 10 days after the rest of the government was formed.

First Published: May 31, 2006 11:12 IST