Monday, April 11, 2011

Two explosions shake Iraqi city

Two bombs exploded near a crowded market in the Iraqi city of Fallujah left six dead and around 25 wounded, while 10 people were killed by two bombs on the side of the road in the province of Diyala, according to security and medical sources. In a separate incident in Baghdad, a roadside bomb roadside killed three people.

Violence in Iraq fell sharply in recent years, but Iraqi forces are battling a resilient insurgency leading bombings almost daily. U.S. troops plan to leave the country later this year. The first explosion killed two police officers in an anti-explosives unit were sent to dismantle a car bomb, and a second device exploded shortly afterwards, killing four civilians, according to an Interior Ministry source.

A police officer who requested anonymity said the first blast was caused by a bomb at the roadside, followed by a car bomb. "The bomb at the roadside exploded on a main street near a crowded market. When the people gathered to evacuate the victims, a car bomb exploded nearby," said the source.

The hospital spokesman reported that Hadeed Nadhum Falluja had received five bodies and 25 wounded and needed blood donations to treat the victims. Falluja, predominantly Sunni, is located in the western province of Anbar, 50 miles west of Baghdad. The city was the scene of some of the fiercest battles during the height of sectarian violence in Iraq.

The explosions in the restive province of Diyala occurred in a village near the town of Khan Bani Saad, about 30 miles northeast of Baghdad. Six family members killed by the first blast and four people who came to their aid were killed in a second blast, said a police source in the region.

A source in the local morgue said it had received the bodies of two men, three women and a child who died in the first blast when returning home from the field in a truck. In Baghdad, a bomb exploded alongside the road in the district south of Jisr Diyala, killing at least three dead and 11 wounded, said an Interior Ministry source said.

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