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 Kut, 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 Islamic State of Iraq, an extremist group composed of Sunni Muslims and with ties to Al-Qaeda, 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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