Bombs Kill Dozens In Iraq believed linked to al-Qaeda

August 10, 2009

Iraq (ChattahBox) – A series of bombs have injured hundreds and killed dozens in what the government is calling an increase in violence related to the coming elections in January. The string of attacks, the most serious since June 30, when Iraqis officially took the lead on national security, raise serious concerns about the Iraqi government’s ability to maintain security.

In the deadliest of the early morning attacks, 30 people were killed and at least 155 wounded when two trucks packed with explosives detonated in a village in the district of Hamdania. While no groups have taken responsibility for two truck bombs that injured 125 and killed 28, and a series of bombings in Baghdad that killed 18 and injured at least 90.

However, officials have said that they suspect Sunni extremists that have been operating in the region, including members of al-Qaeda.

In addition to human casualties, a great deal of property damage has occurred due to the attacks, including the destruction of more than 30 houses in the village of Khaznah where the two truck bombs simultaneously exploded.

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