At least 96 Iraqis were
killed and more than 205 others wounded in a string of bombings and mortar
rounds attacks in Baghdad and northern Iraq on Monday.
The deadliest attack in the day took place when a suicide bomber blew up an
explosive-laden truck near an office of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Iraqi
President Jalal Talabani's party, in the Tabaqchali neighborhood in northern
city of Kirkuk, local police said.
A car bomb parking in the same neighborhood detonated coordinately, he added.
Up to 80 people were killed and more than 170 others wounded by the twin
attacks, including many women and children, the source said.
The powerful blasts almost damaged all buildings of the neighborhood and
caused the collapse of dozens of nearby houses and shops, he said, adding that
some 50 vehicles caught fire by the blasts and several people were charred
inside their cars.
Kirkuk, 250 km north of Baghdad, has witnessed increasing tension as Arab and
Turkmen population in the city are fighting Kurdish efforts to join the city to
their autonomous region just to the north.
In Baghdad, at least 16 people were killed and 35 others wounded by car
bombs, roadside bombs and mortar barrage on Monday, as the Iraqi police
collected 25 corpses in the capital during the day, an Interior Ministry source
A roadside bomb detonated near an Iraqi army patrol in the Bob al-Sham area
in northern Baghdad in the morning, killing five soldiers and wounding another,
the source said.
In southern Baghdad, mortar rounds landed on the Abu Dsheer neighborhood,
killing two people and wounding six others, he added.
A suicide car bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a checkpoint manned
by police commando members in the Harthiyah neighborhood in the afternoon,
killing a commando member and a civilian and wounding 12 people, including four
Another car bomb killed two women and wounded five others when a car of a man
who was freed by his kidnappers detonated in Baghdad's eastern neighborhood of
The victims were family members of the car owner who had returned home after
being freed by his kidnappers. The police said that the kidnappers apparently
booby-trapped the man's car before they released him in order to detonate it
when he went back home.
In central Baghdad, a car bomb went off at a residential area in Karradah
district, killing a civilian and wounding three others. The blast also damaged
two nearby shops, the police said.
Mortar rounds struck a northern Baghdad neighborhood in the evening, killing
four people and wounding eight others.
"Several mortar rounds landed on the Husseiniyah neighborhood in the evening,
killing four people and wounding eight others," the source told Xinhua on
condition of anonymity.
In addition, the Iraqi police patrols picked up 25 unidentified bodies from
Baghdad's streets during the past 24 hours, the source added.
The bullet-riddled bodies were bound, blindfolded, showing signs of torture,
Meanwhile, the U.S. military said that its troops launched a massive assault
against insurgents' strongholds in the vast rural area south of Baghdad on
The offensive, dubbed Operation Marne Avalanche, is designed to drive out
insurgents from southern Baghdad areas and prevent the flow of weapons and
militants into the capital, a military statement said.
The military also said that one of its soldiers was killed on Sunday after he
received wounds from an explosion while his unit was conducting operations in
the northern province of Nineveh.
The latest deaths bring the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq to about
3,615 since the Iraq war broke out in March 2003, according to media count based
on Pentagon figures.