Iraq Toll Tops 100 as Bombs Hit Baghdad

Second round of bombings kill 51 more in Baghdad
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2012 1:23 AM CDT
Iraq's Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi speaks to the media as he leaves a meeting with Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, unseen, in Ankara, Turkey, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
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(Newser) – Six more car bombs in Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad yesterday evening killed at least 51 more people, bringing the day's death toll to 109, as Sunni militants reacted fiercely to the death sentence given to a prominent Sunni vice president, reports NBC News. A series of attacks earlier in the day killed 58 people. "I heard women screaming, I saw people running in all directions, chairs scattered in the street. My windows were blown out, my mother and two kids were injured, too," said one Baghdad resident.

Tariq al-Hashemi and his son-in-law were sentenced in absentia yesterday, having fled to Turkey to avoid a trial many consider politically motivated. "This is a political decision. All our respect to the Iraqi judicial system, but this was political," said a lawmaker from Hashemi's party. (Read more Iraq stories.)

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