Truck bomb rips through outdoor market in northeastern Iraq, killing at least 27

November 21, 2013 10:27 AM

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Truck bomb rips through outdoor market in northeastern Iraq, killing at least 27

The violence has killed more than 5,500, according to the United Nations. Thursday’s explosion brings the death toll across the country this month to 271, according to an Associated Press count.

Two police officers said witnesses told them that a man parked the truck containing the bomb in the market and asked workers to unload the vegetables before leaving the vehicle. The officers said at least 48 people were also wounded in the attack.

Two medical officials confirmed the causality figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release information to the media.

The bombing came a day after a series of coordinated explosions hit mainly Shiite commercial areas in Baghdad and outside the capital, killing at least 35 people and wounding 120.

Last Thursday, a suicide bomber struck a group of Shiites gathered in al-Saadiyah town to commemorate the 7th century death of a revered Shiite shrine. That attack killed at least 32 people and wounded 75.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, but suicide attacks and large-scale bombings — especially against security forces or crowded markets in Shiite areas — are a favorite tactic of al-Qaida’s local branch and Sunni insurgents. Sunni extremists who see Shiites as unbelievers.

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Source: washingtonpost.com

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