Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Suicide bomber attacks high school

I wonder what percentage of Iraqis would agree that attacking a school is a barbaric and cowardly tactic.

Suicide bomber attacks Iraqi school

By CHRISTOPHER CHESTER, Associated Press Writer
Tue Jan 22, 11:37 AM ET

BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber pushing an electric heater on top of a cart packed with explosives attacked a high school north of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing a bystander and injuring 21 people — mainly youngsters and teachers.

The school attack and other recent bombings against funerals and social gatherings raised the possibility that al-Qaida in Iraq has shifted tactics to focus on so-called soft targets and undermine public confidence that security is improving in Iraq.

The bombing at a gate in front of the two-story schoolhouse came at about 8:30 a.m., half an hour after classes began. The blast, which left a crater in the road, killed a 25-year-old man and injured 12 students, eight teachers and one policeman, a doctor at Baqouba General Hospital said.


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