100 Killed in Shiite Majority Areas in Suicide & Car Bomb Blasts across Iraq

Suicide Blast in Imambargah Zehra , Kirkuk, Iraq aJNN 17 May 2013 Baghdad : At least 12 people were killed and 25 others injured as a suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shiite Imambargah ( Hussainia ) in northern Iraq’s Kirkuk on Thursday, local police sources said.

On Thursday, a suicide bomber entered the Al Zahraa Imambargah in Kirkuk, some 250 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, and then blew himself up , in the ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk, killing at least twelve among mourners gathered to pay respects to people killed in a bombing a day earlier.

The explosion also caused damage to the mosque, the sources said, adding that the attack took place as the Imambargah was holding a funeral for a person who killed in an attack on Wednesday.

A Reuters witness said pieces of flesh and torn clothing lay scattered among pools of blood on the mosque floor.

“I lost seven members of my family,” said Munaf Hussein, one of the relatives, crying and striking the top of his head in a show of grief outside the mosque.

Earlier, three car bombs exploded in busy markets in eastern and northeastern Shi’ite districts of the Iraqi capital, killing at least 14 people and wounding 26, police said.

In a separate incident, assailants with silenced weapons shot dead a prominent Sunni tribal leader in his car in southern Baghdad and seriously wounded his driver, police said.

In the northern city of Mosul, another suicide car bomber attacked a military checkpoint, killing two soldiers and wounding three, and a separate car bomb wounded two soldiers on patrol.

At least 40 people have been killed and 56 wounded in two explosions outside a Sunni mosque in Baquba, 50 miles outside Baghdad, after Friday prayers.

In Baquba, where 40 people were killed and 56 got wounded, the first blast was followed by a second explosion tearing into the crowds of people who rushed to the scene to help victims, police told Reuters.

“I was about 30 meters from the first explosion. When the first exploded, I ran to help them, and the second one went off. I saw bodies flying and I had shrapnel in my neck,” Hashim Munjiz, a college student, told Reuters.

Earlier At least 34 people have been killed in series of bomb attacks across Iraq, several of which targeted mainly Shia districts of Baghdad, officials say.

Eleven blasts in the space of an hour in the capital left 23 people dead and more than 100 others injured.

Bomb attacks also killed at least 10 people in the northern city of Kirkuk.

The BBC’s Aleem Maqbool in Baghdad reports that the news of the bombings in the capital came suddenly on Wednesday evening.

Officials said 11 bombs were detonated between 20:00 and 21:00 local time (17:00-18:00 GMT) in predominantly Shia districts. Most were car bombs, at least two targeting restaurants, they added.

The districts affected were Kadhimiya and Sadr City in the north; Husseiniya, Mashtal and Baghdad al-Jadida in the east; and Saidiya and Zafaraniya in the south.

Sadr City was worst affected, with three bombs killing seven people and wounding another 37.

“I saw a bright flash followed by a strong explosion that shook the building. Glass was shattered everywhere, people immediately ran to the scene and started evacuating the wounded and the dead,” a local policeman told the AFP news agency.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the latest violence, which followed bombings that killed more than 35 people in Baghdad and the north on Wednesday.

According to the United Nations, April was Iraq’s bloodiest month for almost five years, with 712 people killed.

The Iraqi government is embroiled in power struggles between majority Shi’ites, Sunnis and ethnic Kurds.

Minority Sunnis, who lost their dominance when the U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003, have been protesting for months against the Government as they have lost their Lucrative Post , which were given to suppress the Majority Shiite Population of Iraq.

Emboldened by the Wahabi-led revolt in Syria, Iraqi Wahabi insurgents, some linked to al Qaeda, have intensified attacks this year, threatening & trying to drag Iraq back into communal strife.

Overall violence in Iraq has dropped since its peak in 2005-2007, but tensions between Sunnis and Shiites have remained high since the US led invasion of the country in 2003.

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