SECOND DEADLY ATTACK IN BAGHDAD KILLED 33
Just two days after 28 people were killed in a suicide attack in Baghdad (see – Baghdad 03.08.09), at least 33 people, including a local army chief, have died and 46 have been injured in a suicide attack on the western edge of Baghdad, on Tuesday 03/10/2009.
The attack took place in the Abu Ghraib municipality, and appeared to target a group of dignitaries as they left a national reconciliation conference. The bomb exploded as delegates came out of the conference, attended by a large number of Awakening Councils leaders and other VIPs.
Police sources said tribal leaders, police, soldiers and journalists were among the dead in the latest attack. An al-Baghdadiya TV station reporter was killed too.
The municipal hall which hosted the conference is about 25km (15 miles) from the centre of Baghdad, and close to the Abu-Ghraib prison facility which came under scrutiny following abuse of prisoners by US troops after the 2003 invasion.
The latest attack comes days after the US military said it was to reduce troop numbers in the country by 12,000 in the next six months.
Maj Gen David Perkins, a spokesman for US forces in Iraq, told a news conference on Sunday that violence was at its lowest level since the summer of 2003. He was also reported as saying the recent series of attacks was evidence that terror groups such as Al Qaeda in Iraq were growing desperate as they sought to derail security gains in the country.
The withdrawal is part of President Barack Obama’s plan to end the “combat mission” in Iraq by 08/2010, entailing the withdrawal of some two-thirds of the USA force there – some of which will be deployed in Afghanistan instead.
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