Baghdad hit by series of deadly attacks

Latest update: 27/10/2011 


Twin roadside bomb attacks in Baghdad killed at least 10 people and wounded dozens more on Thursday, security officials said. Two other people died in a spate of separate attacks across the capital.

By News Wires (text)

AFP – Twin roadside bombs in Baghdad killed at least 10 people and wounded 35 on Thursday, security officials said, in the biggest attacks since the United States said it would withdraw all its troops from Iraq.

The officials also said two other people were killed and 13 wounded in other gun and bomb attacks across the Iraqi capital on Thursday.

A defence ministry official put the toll from the bombings in Baghdad’s northern Urr neighbourhood at 10 dead and 32 wounded, while an interior ministry official said 12 people were killed and 45 wounded in the blasts.

The interior ministry official said the first bomb exploded at around 7:00 pm (1600 GMT). Following a common pattern in Iraq attacks, a second bomb was set off after security forces and other people gathered at the scene.

"The first bomb was not that powerful, but the second was strong," said Wissam Nauhas, an eyewitness who said he was out buying bread for dinner.

"After the second explosion, policemen fired into the air and ambulances started to arrive."

There were two police and two soldiers among the dead, and three police and two soldiers among the wounded, the interior ministry official added.

The bombings are the deadliest attacks since October 13, when 18 people were killed and at least 43 wounded in twin blasts in the Sadr City area of Baghdad.

Those bombings came a day after a spate of attacks in the capital mainly targeting security forces, including two suicide car bombs minutes apart against police stations, killed 23 people and wounded more than 70.

The Thursday attacks are also the deadliest to hit Iraq since US President Barack Obama announced on October 21 that all US soldiers will depart the country by the end of 2011.

The US had engaged in protracted and ultimately failed negotiations with Iraq about a post-2011 US military training mission here.

The issue of immunity from prosecution for US trainers was the main sticking point, with Washington insisting its troops be given immunity, while Baghdad said that was not necessary.

The roughly 39,000 US soldiers still in Iraq are now in the process of drawing down, after a nearly nine-year campaign that has left thousands of American soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqi dead, and costs billions of dollars.

Brigadier General Rock Donahue, head of US Forces-Iraq’s engineering directorate, said on Wednesday that there are just 15 American military bases left in Iraq, down from a peak of 505.

Violence in Iraq is down markedly from its peak in 2006 and 2007 but attacks remain common. A total of 185 people were killed in violence in September, according to official figures.

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The interior ministryFollowing a common pattern | was set off: cho nổ, was detonated| gathered at the scene: tụ tập tại hiện trường |  an eyewitness: một nhân chứng |  fired into the air: nổ súng chỉ thiên | ambulances: xe cứu thương | started to arrive bắt đầu chạy đến| There were ..among the ..trong số .. có  |  in twin blasts: trong vụ nổ đúp, vụ đánh bom đôi, nổ bom kép | came: xảy ra, happened, occured, took place | mainly targeting: chủ yếu nhắm vào |  suicide car bombs: xe bom tự sát, đánh bom tự sát bằng xe chở chất nổ|  minutes apart: cách nhau vài phút | depart the country |  by the end of 2011. | engaged in | protracted |  ultimately failed negotiations | a post-2011 US military training mission here.| | following a common pattern: theo một kịch bản thông thường | a spate of separate attacks: một loạt các | put the number .. at.. : estimate | in the blasts: trong vụ nổ, in the bombings | immunity from prosecution: quyền miễn trừ không bị truy tố | sticking point: vấn đề dăng dai |word web pro| a point at which an impasse arises in progress toward an agreement or a goal| are now in the process of : đang trong qui trình | drawing down: rút đi |  roughly 39,000 US soldiers khoảng chừng, vào khoảng .. | engineering directorate : ban chỉ đạo kỹ thuật, công binh |military bases: căn cứ quân sự, {sing.= base}  | …left: còn lại | is down markedly | peak in 2006 thời kỳ cao điểm, đỉnh điểm | common: chuyện ngày thường, daily routine | in violence btrong các vụ bạo lực |


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