56 Shia Muslims martyr in Iraq violence

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Published in Iraq
Thursday, 22 December 2011


iraq shia killedA wave of apparently co-ordinated bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has killed at least 56 Shia Muslims out of total 63 people killed and injured around 185, say officials. The bloodbath comes just days after American forces left the country.

The interior ministry informed that 14 blasts hit various locations, including al-Amil in the south and Halawi

Two roadside bombs struck the southwestern Amil district, killing at least seven Shia Muslims and wounding 21 others, while a car bomb blew up in a Shi’ite neighbourhood in Doura in the south, killing three people and wounding six, police said.

More bombs ripped into the central Alawi area, Shaab and Shula in the north , all mainly Shi’ite areas took life of 49 Shia Muslims, and a roadside bomb killed one and wounded five near the Sunni neighbourhood of Adhamiya, police said.

They come amid fears of rising sectarian tensions as the unity government faces internal divisions. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attacks but it’s clear that Al-Qaeeda was involved in these attacks on Shia Muslims and Shia dominated areas to get their political agenda.

A security spokesman in Baghdad, Maj Gen Qassim Atta, said the attacks had not been aimed at security targets. "They targeted children's schools, day workers and the anti-corruption agency," he told AFP news agency.

Raghad Khalid, a teacher at a kindergarten in Karrada, said "the children were scared and crying". "Some parts of the car bomb are inside our building but not confirmed the killing of children’s in blast."

One Baghdad resident, Abu Ali, expressed anger at Iraq's leaders. "These blasts occurred because of conflicts among politicians," he said and adding the Sunni politicians backed by Saudi-Arabia were behind these bloody attacks on Shia Muslims and school going children. 

"We call upon all politicians to resolve their problems and leave people to live in security."

It may be noted here that the blasts also came on the heels of a political crisis between Iraq's Sunni and Shiite factions that erupted this weekend. Iraq's year-old power-sharing government is in turmoil after an arrest warrant was issued for Sunni Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi on terror charges.

The entire al-Iraqiyya group, the main Sunni bloc in parliament, is boycotting the assembly in protest to stop the arrest of Tariq al-Hashemi, the main accuse of the terrorism in Iraq.

Tariq al-Hashemi e is currently in Irbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, under the protection of the regional government, but Iraqi Prime Minister Mr Maliki has demanded that they give him up.

The BBC's Jim Muir says most Shias will conclude that Iraq's disaffected Sunni leadership was behind the latest violence. The 0.6 million Muslims were martyred in the violence and bomb blast in Post Saddam Iraq and the community believed that was behind the genocide of Muslims.

"> and Karrada closer to the centre. Most of the attacks appeared to hit Shiite neighborhoods although some Sunni areas were also targeted.

Two roadside bombs struck the southwestern Amil district, killing at least seven Shia Muslims and wounding 21 others, while a car bomb blew up in a Shi’ite neighbourhood in Doura in the south, killing three people and wounding six, police said.

More bombs ripped into the central Alawi area, Shaab and Shula in the north , all mainly Shi’ite areas took life of 49 Shia Muslims, and a roadside bomb killed one and wounded five near the Sunni neighbourhood of Adhamiya, police said.

They come amid fears of rising sectarian tensions as the unity government faces internal divisions. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attacks but it’s clear that Al-Qaeeda was involved in these attacks on Shia Muslims and Shia dominated areas to get their political agenda.

A security spokesman in Baghdad, Maj Gen Qassim Atta, said the attacks had not been aimed at security targets. "They targeted children's schools, day workers and the anti-corruption agency," he told AFP news agency.

Raghad Khalid, a teacher at a kindergarten in Karrada, said "the children were scared and crying". "Some parts of the car bomb are inside our building but not confirmed the killing of children’s in blast."

One Baghdad resident, Abu Ali, expressed anger at Iraq's leaders. "These blasts occurred because of conflicts among politicians," he said and adding the Sunni politicians backed by Saudi-Arabia were behind these bloody attacks on Shia Muslims and school going children. 

"We call upon all politicians to resolve their problems and leave people to live in security."

It may be noted here that the blasts also came on the heels of a political crisis between Iraq's Sunni and Shiite factions that erupted this weekend. Iraq's year-old power-sharing government is in turmoil after an arrest warrant was issued for Sunni Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi on terror charges.

The entire al-Iraqiyya group, the main Sunni bloc in parliament, is boycotting the assembly in protest to stop the arrest of Tariq al-Hashemi, the main accuse of the terrorism in Iraq.

Tariq al-Hashemi e is currently in Irbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, under the protection of the regional government, but Iraqi Prime Minister Mr Maliki has demanded that they give him up.

The BBC's Jim Muir says most Shias will conclude that Iraq's disaffected Sunni leadership was behind the latest violence. The 0.6 million Muslims were martyred in the violence and bomb blast in Post Saddam Iraq and the community believed that was behind the genocide of Muslims.

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