Deadly car bomb blasts hit Shiite areas in Baghdad

iraq bombsSeveral car bombs have exploded across the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing at least 21 people and injuring scores more, officials say.

The attacks are reported to have targeted mainly Shiite areas in the city.

Security sources told the BBC three explosions rocked the neighbourhoods of Ourfally, Kiyara and Falah Street in the eastern suburb of Sadr City.

Sunni insurgents linked to al-Qaeda have been blamed for a recent spike in violence.

In Sunday’s attacks, bombs also went off in the suburbs of al-Amin, al-Husseiniya, Habibiya and Kamaliya, reports say. State-controlled al-Iraqiya TV said there were nine car bombs.

Some detonated near busy outdoor markets. The nearby al-Sadr hospital was full of wounded people.

One witness in Habibiya, Jumaa Kareem, told Reuters: “I was buying an air conditioner and suddenly there was an explosion. I threw myself on the ground. Minutes later I saw many people around, some of them dead, others wounded.”

Hussein Mohammed, who was wounded and saw his car destroyed in another blast, questioned how the bombers could get past security.

He told Agence France-Presse: “I spent about two hours to enter Sadr City, so how could this car bomb enter? Where is the security?”

No group has yet said it carried out the bombings.

Some reports put the death toll as high as 37.

Baghdad security officials said officers had defused another six potential car bombs, three of them in Sadr City.

‘Intelligence chief killed’

Although sectarian violence has decreased in Iraq since the height of the insurgency in 2006 and 2007, attacks are still common.

Tensions have also been building up in the lead-up to parliamentary elections, due to be held in March.

On Saturday, the head of Iraq’s intelligence academy, Ali Aouni, and two bodyguards died in a suicide blast in the northern town of Tal Afar.

Gen Aouni is believed to be the second prominent Iraq figure to be murdered so far this year, after an opposition member of parliament was killed in the city of Falluja in the western province of Anbar.

Earlier this month, at least 33 people died and about 100 were injured in a spate of car bombings in predominantly Shiite areas of Iraq.

Thousands of Sunnis have held regular protest rallies in several cities since December, accusing the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri Maliki of monopolising power.

BBC

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    confederacy……….

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    arise……….their common denominator will be their hatred of Israel….and
    persecution of Christians…..Will they hold the world at ransom for their
    oil?? Ahmadinejad of Iran also proposed forming a new group of 10 or 11 countries
    to work to end the 18-month Syrian civil war. The Bible says the leader of this
    10 nation confederacy will be the anti-christ……….

    Revelation 17:12-14………. 12 “The ten horns which you
    saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive
    authority for one hour as kings with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and
    they will give their power and authority to the beast……….

    Revelation 13:2-3…….2 Now the beast which I saw was like
    a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth
    of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3
    And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly
    wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.

    Revelation 13:4……. 4 So they worshiped the dragon who
    gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like
    the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”

    Psalm 83:……..For behold, Your enemies make a
    tumult; And those who hate You have
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    consulted together against Your sheltered ones. 4 They have said, “Come, and
    let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered
    no more.” 5 For they have consulted together with one consent; They form a
    confederacy against You: 6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagrites; 7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; 8 Assyria also has joined with them; They have helped the children of Lot……………………………….

    • 5thDrawer

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  • Plumbline

    Out of the ashes of the Arab Spring will arise a 10 nation
    confederacy……….

    It is interesting that all the turmoil in the world today is
    happening in the countries listed in Psalm 83 ……..Soon 10 countries will
    form a 10 nation confederacy out of which the anti-christ will
    arise……….their common denominator will be their hatred of Israel….and
    persecution of Christians…..Will they hold the world at ransom for their
    oil?? Ahmadinejad of Iran also proposed forming a new group of 10 or 11 countries
    to work to end the 18-month Syrian civil war. The Bible says the leader of this
    10 nation confederacy will be the anti-christ……….

    Revelation 17:12-14………. 12 “The ten horns which you
    saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive
    authority for one hour as kings with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and
    they will give their power and authority to the beast……….

    Revelation 13:2-3…….2 Now the beast which I saw was like
    a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth
    of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3
    And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly
    wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.

    Revelation 13:4……. 4 So they worshiped the dragon who
    gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like
    the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”

    Psalm 83:……..For behold, Your enemies make a
    tumult; And those who hate You have
    lifted up their head. 3 They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, And
    consulted together against Your sheltered ones. 4 They have said, “Come, and
    let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered
    no more.” 5 For they have consulted together with one consent; They form a
    confederacy against You: 6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagrites; 7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; 8 Assyria also has joined with them; They have helped the children of Lot……………………………….

    • 5thDrawer

      Definitely a Beastly Lot …. ;-)