Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Thirteen co-ordinated car bomb blasts in just two hours kill at least 63 across Iraq in one of the deadliest attacks since withdrawal of U.S. troops

A series of car bomb blasts killed at least 63 people across Iraq today in one of the deadliest attacks since U.S. troops withdrew from the country.

The co-ordinated explosions struck mainly Shiite pilgrims in several cities - a stark reminder of political tensions that once threatened to provoke a new round of sectarian violence.

It is this bloodshed that could once again push the country to the brink of civil war.

The pilgrims were headed to the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Kazimiyah to mark the anniversary of the death of a revered Shiite saint who is interred there.

The first bomb struck a procession at around 5am in the town of Taji, north of Baghdad, killing seven people and wounding two, police said.

That was followed by four more morning blasts that hit other groups of pilgrims across the capital, killing 25 people and wounding more than 70. Read More