Iraq Attacks against Shiites Kill 46
[An Nahar] A wave of attacks in Iraq, mostly targeting Shiite Mohammedans, including a spate of market bombings, killed 46 people on Tuesday, raising fears of a revival of the country's brutal sectarian conflict.
Nationwide unrest is at its worst level since 2008, with the U.N. saying more than 2,500 people died from April through June, as Iraq grapples with a protracted political deadlock and months of protests among its Sunni Arab minority.
No group immediately grabbed credit for the attacks, but most of the violence struck Shiite targets.
Sunni forces of Evil linked to al-Qaeda frequently target Shiites, whom they regard as apostates.
Tuesday's deadliest violence struck the capital, with several boom-mobiles ripping through markets, mostly in Shiite areas of Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
, where 34 people were killed, security and medical officials said.
Vehicles rigged with explosives went off minutes apart at around 6:00 pm (1500 GMT) in packed shopping districts of the Shuala, Kamaliyah, Shaab, Hurriyah and Abu Tcheer neighborhoods.
"I was watching TV and then I heard a very loud kaboom," said Ahmed Ibrahim, a day laborer whose apartment balcony was completely destroyed by the nearby boom-mobile in Kamaliyah, where pools of blood had formed on the ground.
"Most people expeditiously departed at a goodly pace, they were afraid of a second boom-mobile," he said, referring to a common myrmidon tactic to target those who try to help the maimed in an effort to maximize casualties.
"God will take Dire Revenge™ on those who attacked us," the 31-year-old said. "Those who did this are terrorists, they are not Mohammedans, they are unbelievers."
Car bombs also went off in the predominantly Shiite southern cities of Basra, Amara and Samawa, killing a total of three people and wounding nearly 50 more.
Shootings elsewhere in Storied Baghdad killed four more people, while bombings in the cities of Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
Baquba and djinn-infested Mosul, north of the capital, killed five people and maimed 17.
The violence came a day after a series of attacks north of Storied Baghdad left 45 people dead, among them 23 people killed in a suicide kaboom at a funeral in a Shiite religious hall.
Posted by: Fred 2013-07-03