Over 75 killed in Iraq violence
Apr 14, 2007 - 4:59:30 PM
Baghdad, April 14 - Violence raged across Iraq Saturday with more than 75 people killed in two separate car bomb attacks in Baghdad and Karbala.
In Gadiriya, southern Baghdad, at least 35 people were killed and around 50 wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car on a bridge packed with traffic, eyewitnesses and police sources said.
Interior Ministry officials would confirm only 10 dead and about 15 wounded. Eyewitnesses however said they saw many more bodies in burnt car wrecks on the bridge and in the river.
In Karbala, a holy city dominated by Shia 100 km south of Baghdad, more than 40 people were killed and 60 wounded when a car bomb exploded in the centre of the city, police sources said.
The attack was around 500 metres away from the shrine of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed and a revered icon among Shia Muslims. His shrine is considered sacred and is a pilgrimage site.
The Gadiriya attack is the second on a bridge in three days. On Thursday, a truck bomb, killing at least 10 people and injuring more than 25 struck a key bridge over the Tigris River.
US-led coalition forces Saturday detained 17 suspected 'terrorists,' including a reported Al Qaeda in Iraq military leader, during operations across Iraq, the US military announced.
North of Baghdad, near Taji town, eight suspected insurgents were detained, a statement said. Among them was the suspected Al Qaeda emir - of Rusafa area in Baghdad and a former vehicle-borne explosive device cell leader.
In Mosul, about 400 km north of the capital, coalition forces captured two suspects with ties to recent Al Qaeda attacks on Iraqi and coalition forces, the statement added.
During a raid in Baghdad, three suspects of Al Qaeda in Iraq were captured and four more were captured in the eastern Amiriyah neighbourhood, also in the capital.
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