Iraq bombs and shootings kill at least 32
[October 15, 2007]
BAGHDAD (AFP) — A wave of violence across Iraq, including the bombing of a minibus filled with Shiite worshippers and a suicide truck bomb attack on a police station, has killed 32 people, officials said Sunday.
Dozens of people were wounded in the attacks, which came as Muslims were celebrating the Eid al-Fitr festival that ends the holy fasting month of Ramadan, the officials said.
Ten people, including three women and two children, were killed on Sunday when a car bomb exploded next to their minibus as they were heading towards a Shiite shrine in northern Baghdad, Iraqi military officials told AFP.
Women and children were also among 18 wounded by the blast in Aden square, which was then sealed off to vehicles by the security forces.
Late on Saturday, a suicide truck bomber supported by several gunmen carried out a coordinated attack on a police station in Samarra, 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Baghdad.
The truck exploded about 100 metres away from the intended target before a gunfight between the insurgents and the police.
“Seventeen people were killed and 27 wounded when a suicide truck bomber targeted police commandos in Samarra,” a police official told AFP.
The massive night-time explosion destroyed several buildings in a residential area of the city and on Sunday people crowded around the debris as an earthmover cleared away the piles of rubble.
It was not immediately clear if any insurgents were among the dead, many of whom were women and children.
Five people were also killed in two separate attacks on Sunday south of Baghdad.
Four civilians died in clashes between security forces and unidentified gunmen in the mixed town of Iskandiriyah, 60 kilometres from the capital.
A fifth man was killed when gunmen opened fire on civilians in a village further south near the town of Hilla, police said.
The festive period had already got off to a bloody start with a US air raid killing 15 women and children on Thursday, and a suicide attack on a playground in the northern town of Tuz the following day.
In Tuz, the bomber exploded a cart full of toys and sweets in a crowded playground, killing a child and a father, and wounding 20 other children.
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