Seperate car bombs kill twelve in Iraq
BAGHDAD - Agence-France Presse
Iraqi soldiers gather at the site of a bomb attack near the city of Mosul.Separate car bombs against displaced members of a tiny Kurdish sect and industrial workers left 12 people dead in Iraq yesterday, the latest in a spate of violence since U.S. troops left last month.
Yesterday’s deadliest violence saw a car bomb detonate in the town of Bartala, in Nineveh province north of Baghdad, inside the Al-Ghadir camp housing displaced members of the Shabak community, an army official and Behnam Khales, a doctor at nearby Mosul General Hospital said.
Eight people were killed, including an unspecified number of women and children, and four were wounded. He said some of the casualties had been transferred to hospital in the nearby Kurdish regional capital Arbil. The Shabak community numbers about 30,000 people living in 35 villages in Nineveh, and many want to become part of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. They speak a distinct language and largely follow a faith that is a blend of Shiite Islam and local beliefs.
Another car bomb on the southern outskirts of Hilla, 95 kilometers south of Baghdad, killed four people and wounded 13 others, according to Adil al-Shammari, a doctor at the central Iraqi city’s hospital. A police major in Hilla said the attack took place in an industrial area in the morning.