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Iraq Bombings Raise Fears of Resurgent Violence  

2010-04-06 23:10:33|  分类: 历史与文化 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Rescuers at the site of one of the attacks in Baghdad on Tuesday.

By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS and YASMINE MOUSA

Published: April 6, 2010

BAGHDAD — Deadly blasts shook Baghdad for the second time in three days on Tuesday, deepening fears that Iraq was teetering on the edge of a new outbreak of insurgent and sectarian violence, security officials said.

At least seven bombings of both Shiite and Sunni residential areas of the capital killed 35 people and wounded more than 140, and came against a backdrop of continuing political instability after March 7 parliamentary elections rendered a fractured result that has left no single group with the ability to form a government.

A similar political void after the 2005 parliamentary vote sparked months of violence and preceded Iraq’s bloody sectarian warfare of 2006 and 2007, from which the country has only begun to emerge. The explosions Tuesday came after at least 30 people were killed and more than 240 people were wounded during attacks Sunday on diplomatic buildings in Baghdad, including the Iranian Embassy.

On Tuesday, Qassim Atta, spokesman for Baghdad’s security network, said the violence represented a war in which insurgents are seeking to destabilize Iraq amid its post-election confusion.

“We are in a state of war with what remains of Al Qaeda,” he said.

The bombings hit Baghdad from its southern tier to its northwestern outskirts, beginning about 9 a.m. and continuing until about 11:30 a.m., Mr. Atta said.

At least five of the bombs were homemade devices placed inside the entrances of apartment buildings, an unusual tactic by insurgents, who in recent months have focused on Iraqi and American security force members, Iraqi government officials and Westerners.

A parked car packed with explosives was also detonated in the Sunni neighborhood of Dora, in south Baghdad. The location of the other bombs was not clear Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Atta said at least two other explosives had been successfully defused by Iraqi security forces.

At an apartment building in Shuala, a neighborhood in the city’s northwest, a chaotic scene followed an explosion at an apartment building as dozens of people came to the scene to help. Men got on their knees and dug out collapsed bricks and chunks of cement to free anyone who may have been trapped.

As American helicopters circled overhead, women shouted out the names of loved ones. Violence during the past several days has also claimed the lives of an extended family of 25 Sunni Arab men and women who had their hands bound before they were shot or had their throats slit in a village south of Baghdad on Friday. Their killers wore uniforms that resembled those of American and Iraqi military and security forces.

On Monday, a family of six Shiite Arabs, including four children — one was a 4-year-old boy — were shot and killed execution-style in Wasit Province east of Baghdad.

American and Iraqi government officials have blamed the violence on Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, a Sunni insurgent group that Iraqi and American officials have said in the past had been all but routed.

American officials in Iraq said Tuesday afternoon that they had not been asked by the Iraqi government for assistance.

Gary Grappo, the United States Embassy’s advisor for political affairs, agreed that the attacks bore the hallmarks of al-Qaeda.

“They probably felt quite frustrated by their failure to disrupt the election and felt a compulsion to show that they are still here,” said Mr. Grappo. “They appear unable to go after the heavily secured targets they’ve attacked in the past so now they’re going after targets that have relatively little security, and sadly, that means defenseless civilians.”

Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki has made no public statements about the spate of attacks, though he held a meeting with his top security officials on Sunday about the violence.

Mr. Maliki’s political organization, the State of Law alliance, won 89 seats in last month’s Parliamentary election, while Ayad Allawi’s secular Iraqiya coalition won 91 seats.

The groups have held competing talks with smaller parties during the past two weeks in an effort to form a larger coalition to win 163 of the 325 seats in Parliament needed to form a new government.

Although Mr. Maliki remains prime minister, his circle — like much of the rest of the country — appeared to be in disarray on Tuesday.

When asked about the bombings, Ali al-Dabbagh, Mr. Maliki’s chief spokesman, sought to distance the government from the attacks even though the military officials responsible for securing the capital were appointed by Mr. Maliki and answer to him directly.

“Ask the military and whoever is responsible for the security situation,” said Mr. Dabbagh. “I have nothing else to say.”

Mr. Allawi, who made remarks while donating blood for the injured, made some of his harshest remarks yet about Mr. Maliki’s government.

“We want a government of partners that is functional, not like the one now that can not make decisions,” he said. “They say they are a national government, but they are not.”

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