Toll Rises to 250 in Iraq Blasts

Massive attacks against Kurds suggest spreading insurgency
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 15, 2007 3:24 PM CDT
a primarily Kurdish sect that worships an angel figure considered to be the devil by some Muslims and Christians, have been the frequent target of violence in northern Iraq. A Sunni tribal leader in Kirkuk...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Officials pushed the death toll of attacks on two Iraqi towns up to 250 today, as rescuers located more victims amid rubble. “It looks like a nuclear bomb hit the villages,” an officer told the New York Times of yesterday's blasts in an area populated by a Kurdish sect often targeted by militant Sunni Muslims.

The attacks came on one of the bloodiest days in recent months, as bombs detonated across the country and a helicopter crash left five Americans dead. As Iraqi politicians prepared for a "crisis summit," gunmen kidnapped oil-ministry officials from their homes, a move the oil minister said was designed to disrupt government work and upend political progress.