May 22, 2011 by staff
Bombings Baghdad, At least 13 people were killed over 70 wounded in a string of car bomb explosions, improvised explosive devices and suicide attacks rocked the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, from the very early hour on Sunday, police said. Seven of the dead were policemen, police said. The assault on targets near Baghdad, probably the work of the Iraqi branch of Al Qaeda, took place over a period of two hours and involves the use of 12 improvised explosive devices, three car bombs and a suicide bomber.
It raises again the question of whether a withdrawal of U.S. troops late 2011 will open the way for a large increase in extremist violence. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has called for a national debate on the desirability of some U.S. combat to remain after Dec. 31.
The biggest attack took place just north of Baghdad near Camp Taji when a U.S. military convoy was attacked by a car bomb. Not immediately known if there were U.S. casualties.
When Iraqi police patrol arrived at the scene of the explosion, a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest blew him up, killing seven policemen and wounding 10 others. Police said the final death toll could increase due to serious injury of many policemen.
Five of the attacks led directly to the Iraqi security forces.
The first attack targeted a federal police headquarters in the Amil neighborhood in western Baghdad when insurgents planted four improvised explosive devices and a car bomb. Two of the attacks targeting civilians in Sadr City, the stronghold of supporters of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sad, and one of the blasts target the convoy of a director in the Ministry of Interior.
The attacks appeared to be the latest in a series of targets senior officials in the Ministry of Interior.
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