HILLA, Iraq: Bombs mainly targeting Shias and security forces in Iraq killed 45 people and wounded 205 others yesterday in the deadliest day of violence to hit the country in more than two months.
The attacks, the worst since 76 people were killed on September 9, included the second series of bombings against Shias this week, after three car bombs exploded near their places of worship in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing a dozen and wounding scores more.
Yesterday’s violence brings the number of people killed in attacks this month to at least 152 - 16 more than in October, according to a tally based on security and medical sources. That reversed a three-month trend of declining death tolls.
Two roadside bombs targeted a group of Shia pilgrims in the city of Hilla, police said. A list of victims posted at a hospital in Hilla put the toll at 33 killed and 166 wounded - figures confirmed by Babil provincial council member Hamed Ahmed Abboud.
Iraqi security forces cordoned off the area of the blasts and set up checkpoints in the city to search cars, a correspondent said, adding that shops near the site were shuttered after the attacks.
sentenced to death
Four of fugitive Vice President Tareq Al Hashemi’s bodyguards were sentenced to death yesterday for killing a civil defence officer and his wife, judicial spokesman Abdelsattar Bayraqdar said.
The sentences were handed down by the Central Criminal Court for the killings in west Baghdad in 2011, Bayraqdar said.