Al Qaida er på krigsstien i Irak igjen, og målene deres sier alt om hva de står for: de fattige som står i suppekø og troende på vei inn til fredagsbønn i Bagdads helligste moske for shiaer.
Igjen var det kvinnelige selvmordsbmbere som var på ferde. De slipper lettere gjennom
Two female suicide bombers hiding explosives in their purses struck worshippers streaming into Baghdad’s most important Shiite shrine for Friday prayers, killing at least 66 people a day after Iraq’s most deadly violence in more than a year.
Dozens of Iranian pilgrims were again said to be among the dead.
The female bombers, believed to be in their 30s, detonated explosives that were stuffed inside their leather bags and linked to a grenade, according to Maj. Gen. Jihad al-Jabiri, the head of the Interior Ministry’s explosives department.
The women detonated the explosives by pulling the ring of the grenade, al-Jabiri told Iraqi state television late Friday.
The number of bombings carried out by women has spiked this year — even as overall violence has declined — because of their ability to often avoid detection at checkpoints.
The blasts took place within minutes of each other near separate gates of the tomb, said a police official. Another police official said the bombers struck shortly before the start of Friday prayers as worshippers streamed into the mosque.
The attack left the bodies of the dead — some of them burned — scattered on the ground near the entrance of the shrine. Hours later, pools of blood streaked the sidewalks.
Many of the wounded were taken to Kazimiyah Teaching Hospital, overwhelming the staff. AP Television News footage showed many victims, including women and children, forced to wait outside before they could be seen by medical staff.
Among the dead were 25 Iranian pilgrims, said police and hospital officials. At least 127 people, including 80 Iranian pilgrims, also were wounded in the blast, the officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.
Angrepene gjør inntrykk i Iran. Kan de påvirke Iran til å bistå i nedkjempelsen av Al Qaida? Ifølge general David Petreaus skal det være et tunisisk nettverk som sørger for nye selvmordsbombere.
Torsdag ble 88 mennesker drept og rundt 127 såret, mange av dem iranere. Begge angrep var uhyre brutale. Fattigfolk i suppekø, hva slags mål er det? Stort ynkeligere kan det ikke bli.
The Baghdad attacker hit about noon as police were distributing Iraqi Red Crescent food parcels in the central neighborhood of Karradah — an area where many shops, restaurants and nightclubs have reopened in recent months as violence ebbed.
Police officials and staff members at Ibn al-Nafis hospital said at least 31 people were killed, including eight police officers, and that at least 50 were wounded. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the death toll.
It not immediately clear who carried out the attack, but one witness said it appeared to be a woman. Women have been used in suicide bombings in Iraq, most recently during a Feb. 13 attack on Shiite pilgrims.
Muhanad Harbi, a shop owner near the blast site, said he saw a woman wearing a black robe move into the crowd. He said it appeared she detonated an explosives belt.
Shanoon Humoud, 70, sat weeping among burned food packages scattered on the ground. Her husband, her son and two grandchildren were killed in the blast.
Humoud said she was in her apartment praying when she heard the blast.
«I came down to look for my relatives who were getting the food,» she said. «But I couldn’t find them.»
Abbas Ibrahim, a 24-year-old college student, rushed to the scene, dodging through pools of blood and wincing at the smell of scorched human flesh.
«We regret that violence has come back to Baghdad,» he said.
A spokesman for the Iraqi Red Crescent, Mohammad al-Khuzaie, called the attack «a brutal assault on humanitarian activities.»
«We were trying to help the widows, orphans and divorced women when the blast occurred,» he said.
North of Baghdad, the target was a crowded restaurant near Muqdadiyah, about 60 miles northeast of Baghdad, and a popular rest stop for Iranian pilgrims traveling by road to and from Shiite shrines in southern Iraq.
At least 47 people were killed and 69 were wounded, said U.S. military spokesman Derrick Cheng. Iraqi officials gave the same death toll.
Iranian state television reported that the blast killed about 35 Iranian pilgrims and wounded 60 others. It did not elaborate and there was no immediate reaction from Iranian officials.
Iraq’s government has recorded 87,215 of its citizens killed since 2005 in violence ranging from catastrophic bombings to execution-style slayings, according to government statistics obtained by The Associated Press that break open one of the most closely guarded secrets of the war.
Combined with tallies based on hospital sources and media reports since the beginning of the war and an in-depth review of available evidence by The Associated Press, the figures show that more than 110,600 Iraqis have died in violence since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
The number is a minimum count of violent deaths. The official who provided the data to the AP, on condition of anonymity because of its sensitivity, estimated the actual number of deaths at 10 to 20 percent higher because of thousands who are still missing and civilians who were buried in the chaos of war without official records.
Iraq Body Count’s estimate of deaths since the start of the war, excluding police and soldiers, is a range — between 91,466 and 99,861.
110.000 mennesker er mange, men det er omtrent like mange som ble drept i Bosnia 1991-1995, og Bosnia har en mye mindre befolkning.