World news roundup: Market bombing in Baghdad, other attacks kill 17

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Market bombing, other attacks kill 17

A bombing at an outdoor market in the southern city of Kut and a spate of attacks around the Iraqi capital killed at least 17 people Tuesday in the latest signs of deteriorating security amid a deepening political stalemate.

The bombing in Kut, a predominantly Shiite city south of Baghdad, left at least 10 people dead and rattled nerves among residents in a community that has been among the safest in Iraq in recent years.

Wasit province governor Lateef al-Turfaa, who was in a meeting near the site of the explosion, said extremists are exploiting a period of political uncertainty.

"It is a suitable time for those who want to destroy the country and create insecurity," he said in a phone interview.

Earlier in the day, gunmen ambushed Iraqi soldiers at a checkpoint in western Baghdad, killing five, Iraqi police officials said. The attack in the Mansour neighborhood marked the second time in recent days that militants have raised the flag of al-Qaeda in Iraq after an ambush on Iraqi security forces.

The Islamic State of Iraq, which serves as a front for al-Qaeda in Iraq, claimed responsibility Tuesday for a similar but deadlier attack carried out Thursday in the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Adhamiyah.

Meanwhile, a traffic police officer was killed Tuesday in a roadside bombing in central Baghdad and a soldier was killed in a bombing in Sadr City in eastern Baghdad, Iraqi army officials said.

Three rockets fired on the Green Zone on Tuesday afternoon left no casualties, authorities said.

-- Ernesto LondoƱo

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