Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Iraq: Death toll rises in series of Baghdad blasts,12 carbombs, 3 IEDs, main Shi'a targets

Baghdad, 2 Nov. (AKI) - The number of people killed in a series of explosions in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad on Tuesday rose to at least 30. At least 12 carbombs and three IEDs went off in various areas of the city in what was suspected to have been a coordinated attack, according to local officials.

Dozens of people were also wounded in the blasts, which appeared to mainly target Shia areas.

The first carbomb targeted the Abu Dashir district and the second a police station in the sprawling Sadr City suburb. The third bomb was in the Our district in eastern Baghdad, and this was followed by blasts in eight other districts.

The three IEDs went off in the modern part of Baghdad while sources were quoted by media as saying three Hawn rockets were launched against Shia mosques in the city.

Officials said some of the bombs had been placed near cafes and restaurants. The number of casualties is expected to rise.

Tuesday's assault followed Sunday's deadly siege of a Catholic church in Baghdad during which at least 52 people including 42 civilians were killed. That attack was claimed by Al-Qaeda linked militants.

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