Saturday, June 04, 2005

Suicide Attacks Soaring in Iraq

LA Times

A staggering 90 suicide bombing attacks accounted for most of May's 750 deaths in Iraq. In April, there were 69 suicide attacks - more than in the entire year preceding.

Baghdad alone saw five suicide bombings in a six-hour span last Sunday. In the latest such attack, a suicide bomber drove into the main checkpoint to Baghdad's international airport on wednesday, wounding 15 Iraqis, the U.S. military said.

Hussein Muhsen, an aircraft engineer with Iraqi Airways, described a loud blast followed by a mountain of dust rising in the air. Blood and human limbs splattered down on the hoods and roofs of the cars, Muhsen said. U.S. forces said insurgents opened fire after the attack. Witnesses said U.S. troops also fired.


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