Up to 74 reported dead after Iraq bombings
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
As many as 74 people are reported to have been killed after a series of bombings across Iraq on Monday, with another 250 injured.
A total of thirteen bombs were set off, including car bombs, suicide bombers, and stationary bombs planted along roads. The worst attack was in the city of, where a pair of bombs killed 37 people. A roadside bomb had exploded, followed by a car bomb once security personnel and other bystanders began to arrive at the scene of the first explosion. A witness to this attack said that "I was on my way to my shop in the market and suddenly I felt myself being thrown to the ground."
The bombings largely targeted Shia Muslim areas of Iraq. The, an extremist group composed of Sunni Muslims and with ties to , has been named as a possible perpetrator of the attacks. However, no group has yet claimed responsibility.
A security spokesperson in Baghdad said that other planned attacks had been disrupted, saying that "[t]oday's attacks were not a surprise."
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