Wave of Attacks Kills 32 in Iraq
Series of bombings appear coordinated, likely al-Qaeda in Iraq
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 16, 2013 9:30 AM CDT
Iraqis inspect their damaged shop after a car bomb attack outside Kut, Iraq, Sunday, Jun 16, 2013. Most of the car bombs hit Shiite-majority areas and were the cause of most of the casualties.   (Karim Kadim)

(Newser) – A string of nearly a dozen apparently coordinated bombs and a shooting in cities across Iraq killed at least 32 and wounded dozens today, extending a wave of violence. Most of the car bombs hit Shiite-majority areas and were the cause of most of the casualties. The blasts hit half a dozen cities and towns in the south and center of the country, and bore the hallmark of al-Qaeda in Iraq. The blasts began when a parked car bomb went off early morning in the city of Kut, killing three and wounding 14. That was followed by another car bomb outside the city targeted a gathering of construction workers that killed two and wounded 12. Elsewhere:

  • In the oil-rich city of Basra, a car bomb exploded in a busy downtown street. As police and rescuers rushed to the scene, a second car exploded. Six people died.

  • An hour later, two parked car bombs ripped through the southern city of Nasiriyah, killing one and wounding 17.
  • In the town of Mahmoudiya, two civilians were killed and nine wounded when a car bomb went off in an open market.
  • In the Shiite holy city of Najaf, a blast struck a produce market, killing eight and wounding 28.
  • In Madain, a roadside bomb and then a car bomb exploded, killing three and wounding 14.
  • Near Hillah, a car bomb exploded in a parking lot, killing one and wounding nine.
  • In Mosul, gunmen attacked police guarding a remote stretch of an oil pipeline, killing four and wounding five.
  • In the northern city of Tuz Khormato, a roadside bomb killed two policemen and wounded another.

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Jun 16, 2013 6:46 PM CDT
We meant well. This doesn't make me sad though. Because, thanks to US, in Iraq, the dead are the lucky ones. 32 more people have now escaped the hell we created for them. RIP.
Jun 16, 2013 2:33 PM CDT
I thought Ramadan (the festival of murdering as many of each other as you can in one month) was over..........
Jun 16, 2013 1:59 PM CDT
The moment your ideology demands the death of those holding opposing ideas, you have gone astray from the best possible merits of your goal. In other words, you can't claim to serve god by making deals with the devil.