Wave of explosions in Baghdad kill at least 60


The killing continues… I wonder if George W. Bush, in his private moments, regrets the invasion on Iraq. Because of him, thousands upon thousands of people are dead and many, many more thousands have permanent injuries.

Notwithstanding the above, let’s not forget that at the very core of these bombings lies the biggest enemy of mankind; religion. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press Writer Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD – A series of explosions targeting government and commercial buildings struck Baghdad Wednesday, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 300, Iraqi police and medical officials said.

The blasts in the capital followed a string of attacks in Iraq this month that have claimed hundreds of lives and raised concerns about the ability of Iraqi security forces to keep the lid on violence in advance of an American withdrawal.

The officials said the deadliest blast was a car bomb near the foreign ministry, which killed at least 48 and wounded more than 240. They said the toll may climb as rescue workers continue to search through rubble and debris. The ministry is close to the fortified Green Zone. The officials all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

The force of the explosion blew concrete slabs off the front of the 10-story building and crushed cars parked outside, AP Television News footage showed. Dozens of cars were burned.

The blast was so strong it also damaged nearby buildings. A large area outside the ministry was covered by debris and broken glass and it damage windows in the parliament building, inside the Green Zone.

The midmorning attacks hit first near the finance ministry in northern Baghdad and then minutes later near the foreign ministry. Around the same time as the explosion near the foreign ministry, mortars struck inside the Green Zone. It was not immediately known what damage the mortars caused or whether there were causalities. The U.S. military said it could not confirm the explosions.

Another car bomb targeted a joint Iraqi police and army patrol just outside the finance ministry, killing one Iraqi soldier and two civilians, a police official said. Twenty-two were wounded, said the official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity.

Another blast in the commercial area of western Baghdad’s Bayaii district killed six and wounded 21, the same official said. Three other blasts struck other parts of the capital, including one in a residential neighborhood in northern Baghdad where one person was killed 18 injured.

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