Ramadan Ends With 69 Blown Up in Iraq

Wave of car bomb attacks on last day of bloodiest Ramadan in 6 years

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Aug 10, 2013 5:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – A wave of car bombings targeting those celebrating the end of Ramadan across Iraq killed 69 people today, a bloody reminder of the inability of Iraqi authorities to stop violence threatening to spiral out of control, despite promises that it would step up security for today's Eid al-Fitr celebrations, which mark the end of the Muslim holy month. Many of the attacks occurred within an hour of each other, suggesting a level of coordination in the assaults. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, though security forces and civilians are frequently targeted by al-Qaida's Iraq branch.

This year's Ramadan was the most violence since 2007, with 671 people killed. Police said the deadliest of today's attacks took place when a suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden car into a residential area in the town of Tuz Khormato, 130 miles north of Baghdad, killing eight people and wounding dozens. "My shop's windows were smashed and smoke filled the whole area," says a shoe shop owner, who survived an attack near his store in New Baghdad. "I went outside of the shop and I could hardly see because of the smoke. ... At the end, we had a terrible day that was supposed to be nice because of Eid."

Smoke rises after a bomb attack in Tuz Khormato, 130 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq.
Smoke rises after a bomb attack in Tuz Khormato, 130 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq.   ((AP Photo))
Smoke rises frome the scene of a car bomb attack in Kadhimiya, Baghdad, Iraq.
Smoke rises frome the scene of a car bomb attack in Kadhimiya, Baghdad, Iraq.   (STR)
Black smoke from a car bomb attack is seen in Baghdad, Iraq.
Black smoke from a car bomb attack is seen in Baghdad, Iraq.   ((AP Photo))
Security forces and civilians inspect the scene of a car bomb attack near a mosque in Kirkuk, 180 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq.
Security forces and civilians inspect the scene of a car bomb attack near a mosque in Kirkuk, 180 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq.   (AP Photo/Emad Matti)
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