56 dead and 200 wounded as bomb blasts tear through Baghdad on eve of Iraq War’s tenth anniversary

 

  • A string of apparently coordinated blasts left scores dead or injured today
  • Attacks bore signs of Al Qaeda, targeting Shiite areas around Iraqi capital
  • Latest round of violence comes ten years to the day after Iraq War began

Smoke rises after a car bomb attack in Sadr City, Baghdad, as a wave of apparently coordinated bombings shook the city this morning

Smoke rises after a car bomb attack in Sadr City, Baghdad, as a wave of apparently coordinated bombings shook the city this morning

A wave of bombings tore through Baghdad today, killing at least 56 people in a spasm of violence on the eve of the tenth anniversary of the US-led invasion.

Most of this morning’s attacks involved car bombs targeted on Shiite areas, small restaurants, labourers and bus stops in the Iraqi capital and nearby towns.

The attacks show how dangerous and unstable Iraq remains a decade after the war began – a country where sectarian violence can explode at any time.

The attacks that left 56 dead and more than 200 wounded came ten years to the day after Washington announced the start of the invasion on 19 March 2003.

Meanwhile today Iraq’s Cabinet decided to postpone upcoming provincial elections in two provinces dominated by the country’s minority Sunnis.  Provincial elections are scheduled for April 20.

The prime minister’s spokesman Ali al-Moussawi said the decision to postpone the elections for up to six months followed requests from the political blocs in the provinces.

The two provinces affected, Anbar and Ninevah, have been at the centre of nearly three-month-long protests against Iraq’s Shiite-led government.

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