Organización Editorial Mexicana
September 30, 2012
Baghdad. – A series of car bombs Sunday killed at least 32 people across Iraq, highlighting the struggle faced by the Government with a persistent insurgency more than nine months after the withdrawal of the last U.S. troops.
In Taji, 20 kilometers north of the capital, Baghdad, pumps installed in three parked cars killed 11 people and wounded 24, including several policemen.
Images Reuters at the scene of one of the explosions show the remains of a car bomb near several homes and cars completely and partially destroyed.
Taji is one of the largest military air bases in Iraq, but the explosions occurred in a civilian neighborhood.
“A car bomb entered the area and (…) nobody noticed. Why did that happen? All houses were destroyed,” Abbas Khadiar, owner of one of the houses damaged.
In Baghdad, a parked car bomb killed eight people and wounded 11 in a northwestern district of the capital.
Another blast, which targeted a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims who passed through the town of Madaen, about 30 kilometers southeast of Baghdad, killing two bystanders and wounding ten others, including seven Iranians.
A suicide bomber driving a car bomb blew up in the city of Kut, 150 miles southeast of Baghdad, killing four policemen, officials and police said.
No group claimed responsibility for the series of attacks, but a local affiliate of Al Qaeda and other Sunni Islamist groups have carried out a major attack at least a month since the last U.S. troops left the country in December 2011.
The local wing of al Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq announced the start of a new offensive focused mainly Shiite targets.
Security measures were tightened in Baghdad and other provinces after dozens of prisoners, including some convicted members of Al Qaeda, escaped Friday from a prison in the northern city of Tikrit.
Two policemen were killed when a car bomb exploded in the town of Balad Ruz, located 90 kilometers northeast of Baghdad.
In Mosul, 390 kilometers north of Baghdad, a parked car bomb and two bombs placed alongside a Carretara killed a civilian and wounded six.
The last major attack occurred on September 9 in the capital, when a series of bombings in mainly Shiite neighborhoods caused over 100 deaths.
Violence in Iraq has declined since reaching its peak between 2006 and 2007, years when sectarian fighting left thousands dead, but Sunni Islamists are still trying to undermine the Shiite-led government.