– MEGA BOMBING IN BAGHDAD KILLED DOZENS
Just few days before USA combat troops suppose to be redeployed outside the urban eras of Iraq, nearly 70 people have been killed by a bomb blast, on Wednesday 06/24/2009 evening at about 19:30, in the Eastern Sadr City area of Baghdad, Iraqi officials say. The bomb was hidden underneath a motorized cart carrying vegetables for sale.
Police said the device went off in a market place in the predominantly Shiaa area of the Iraqi capital. More than 130 people were also reported to have been injured in the blast, one of the worst in Iraq this year. Sadr City has been struck often and provocatively in the past attributed to Sunni militants’ attempts to provoke sectarian tensions. The attack came 4 days after 75 people were killed, on 06/20/2004, in the Northen town of Kirkuk (see – Kirkuk 06.20.09 ).
Under an agreement with the Iraqi authorities, most of the 133,000 US troops in Iraq are due to leave the country’s cities and towns and withdraw to military bases by 30 June (see – IRAQ-US DEAL ).
The attacks are the latest in a violent week in Iraq. On Monday 06/22/2009, at least 29 people were killed in attacks in Baghdad and elsewhere.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said the violence will not delay the withdrawal which, he said, would ultimately be a triumph for the country.
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