Friday, October 12, 2007

Happy Eid

Happy Eid to everybody. Unfortunately for many Iraqis it is impossible to celebrate. Thanks Maury and Jeffrey for linking to these articles.

Iraq bomb in toy cart hits children in playground

By Mussab Al-Khairalla 2 hours, 57 minutes ago

"BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A bomb hidden in a cart of toys killed two children and wounded 17 others in a playground in northern Iraq on Friday, the first day of a national holiday to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The attack came the day after U.S. forces killed nine children and six women in an air strike northwest of Baghdad targeting suspected al Qaeda leaders. The U.N. mission in Iraq urged U.S. forces to conduct a "vigorous" probe into the strike.

Police Colonel Abbas Mohammed said a would-be suicide bomber pushed the cart into a play area in the predominantly Shi'ite northern town of Tuz Khurmato. He said the bomber was wounded.

The town's mayor, Mohammed Rasheed, told Reuters two boys aged between 10 and 12 had died and another 17 people under the age of 18 had been wounded in the deadly attack.

A youth with a smashed, bloodied face and mangled hand lay on a hospital bed in the nearby city of Kirkuk after the attack."

Also read this:

Suicide car bomber kills at least 8 in Baghdad cafe
Published: Thursday, October 11, 2007

BAGHDAD -- A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a cafe in the Iraqi capital on Thursday shortly after the Eid al-Fitr holiday began, killing at least eight people and wounding 25 others, officials said.

The bomber struck at 9:00 pm (1800 GMT) as young men were relaxing at the cafe as the Muslim holiday started in an area called New Baghdad in the southeast of the city, interior and defence ministry officials said.

The wounded, some in a critical state, were taken to the main Al-Kindi hospital in the centre of Baghdad, the officials added.

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