A village near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul was pulverized from the
explosion of two powerful truck bombs, killing dozens and trapping many
others under the rubble. And at least three other major explosions targeted
mostly Shi'ite areas of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
ferried victims to hospitals in Mosul on Monday after
the blasts in the Kurdish village of Khazna, about 20 kilometers away. At least 28 people were killed and more than 150 wounded.
and men sobbed as rescue workers used their hands to dig through piles
of cinder blocks, trying to pull victims from under the rubble.
Officials say the bombs destroyed about 35 houses in Khazna. The village is home to Turkomen and
Shabak, a cultural and ethnic minority with links to both Kurds and
TV showed images from the explosion of two
large tanker-trucks filled with TNT. The TV also showed images of
several water-filled craters caused by the blasts.
A spokesman for the Iraqi Red Crescent, Mohammed Kuzai, says his organization was busy after the blast.
says that the Iraqi Red Crescent branch in Mosul took part in
evacuating the victims of the [Khazna] explosions, but that it was
difficult to have an exact casualty count yet because the number of
dead [was likely to] rise.
A series of early-morning explosions
in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, mainly targeted construction workers. Toppled
cement mixers could be seen amid the rubble as workers swept up the
debris from the explosions at one building site.
Police say the multiple bombings killed at least 20 people and wounded 100 Monday. Sixteen people were killed in the deadliest attack -- two bomb blasts that targeted day laborers as they gathered to find work.
An eyewitness, Alaa Juar, says average workers were targeted.
says a bomb was placed in a cement bag in the street near an area where
the laborers had gathered for work in the Amil neighborhood.
the Baghdad explosions took place in predominantly Shi'ite
neighborhoods. A series of explosions also struck mainly Shi'ite
Iraqi Defense Minister Abdal Qader Jassem al
Obeidi said recently the security situation in Iraq had improved,
despite a "handful of terror attacks, which occur from time to time."
Iraqi government ordered the removal of blast walls from around
Baghdad last week in a measure apparently intended to signal the
security situation in the capital has improved.