60 Killed in Iraq Car Bomb Wave
Militants enter university, take hostages
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 7, 2014 5:00 PM CDT
Iraqi civilians inspect the damages in the aftermath of a bomb in a commercial street in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, June 5, 2014.   (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

(Newser) – A series of car bombs exploded across Iraq's capital today, killing scores of people in a day of violence that saw militants storm a university in the country's restive Anbar province and take dozens hostage, authorities said. Reuters puts the number dead at more than 60. The attacks in Baghdad largely focused on Shiite neighborhoods, underscoring the sectarian violence now striking in Iraq. With US troops gone, Iraq finds itself fighting on fronts across the country, as separate clashes in a northern city killed 21 police officers and 38 militants, officials said.

All the bomb attacks happened in a one-hour period. The day began with militants killing three police officers on guard at the gates of Anbar University, an official said. The gunmen reportedly detained dozens of students inside a dorm. Shiite students at the school of 10,000 were terrified, one student who was taken hostage said, as the gunmen identified themselves as belonging to an al-Qaeda splinter group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. After several hours, gunmen left the university under unclear circumstances. "We thank God that this crisis ended almost peacefully and no student was hurt, as far as I know," the student said.

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slammer
Jun 13, 2014 9:22 PM CDT
would love to own a used car lot there bizzzzzzzzzz is BOOOOMMMMMIIINNNNGGG!
Chris Farley
Jun 9, 2014 9:29 AM CDT
How nice. We left them so good. but on a side note, the troops that were in IRAQ, are not gone, but just over the boarder in Kawait. It would only take a few hours to get them back.
njgreen
Jun 8, 2014 9:12 AM CDT
Our fault. We broke it.