Market Bombing Is Year's Worst

Attack in northern Iraq town left 150 dead, 250 wounded
By J. Kelman,  Newser User
Posted Jul 8, 2007 9:39 AM CDT
A bombing casualty from the village of Armili is treated in a hospital in Kirkuk, Saturday, July 7, 2007. A suicide bomber detonated a truck packed with explosives in an outdoor market Saturday, killing...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The body count in yesterday's suicide bombing of a market in Amerli, in northern Iraq, is up to 150, making it the year's worst bomb attack in Iraq, the LA Times reports. Officials fear the area, 100 miles from Baghdad, has been targeted by al-Qaeda in Iraq militants pushed out of other strongholds.

The area is populated primarily by Kurds (mostly Sunnis) and Turks (mostly Shiites), and filled with ethnic tensions which make it a vulnerable target. The deadliest attacks to date occurred in Baghdad markets on April 18 and February 3 of this year. (Read more Iraqis killed stories.)