Suicide bombers wreak havoc in Iraq: 120 dead
TWO SUICIDE bombers killed 120 people and wounded more than 200 in the Iraqi cities of Kerbala and Ramadi on Thursday in Iraq's bloodiest day for four months.india Updated: Jan 06, 2006 18:43 IST
TWO SUICIDE bombers killed 120 people and wounded more than 200 in the Iraqi cities of Kerbala and Ramadi on Thursday in Iraq's bloodiest day for four months.
Seven US soldiers were also blown up in two separate attacks; another three bombs exploded in Baghdad, two of them detonated by suicide bombers; and insurgents sabotaged an oil pipeline near the northern city of Kirkuk, causing a huge fire.
Coming a day after 58 people died in a wave of bombings and shootings, the latest bloodshed appeared certain to ratchet up tension between Iraq's Sunni and Shia Muslims. Kerbala is one of Shia Islam's holiest cities while Ramadi is a Sunni Arab stronghold and a hotbed of the insurgency. Violence has killed more than 240 people and wounded more than 280 in the five days since the New Year started.
The Kerbala bomber detonated an explosive belt laced with ballbearings and a grenade, killing 50 and wounding 138 at a market within sight of the golden dome of the Imam Hussein shrine.
First Published: Jan 06, 2006 18:43 IST