Bombers Butcher 120+ in Iraq

Attack comes after bold kidnapping of oil ministers
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2007 6:03 PM CDT
An Iraqi policeman inspects the wreckage of a car used in a suicide bombing on a road in southern Kirkuk, 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007. The attack, targeting...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – US helicopters are swooping down to rescue survivors of bomb attacks that butchered at least 120 villagers in northern Iraq today. CNN reports that at least three trucks detonated in residential areas and injured upwards of 150 people, mostly Kurds. TV stations are beseeching townspeople to donate blood as US troops help out victims on the ground.

Today's bombings come in the wake of a bold strike by at least 60 gunmen dressed as Iraqi soldiers yesterday. The gang burst into Baghdad apartments, mowed down guards and carried off 5 Oil Ministry officials. Analysts say that the assailants may be Sunni insurgents retaliating against Iraqi deals to build oil pipelines with Iran.