Sunday, July 17, 2005

Iraq and Turkey see bomb attacks

Saturday in Musayyib, south of Baghdad, and the target of the worst suicide attack that Iraq has yet seen. A petrol tanker was caught in the attack causing a massive explosion and with it massive casualties. The death toll has risen sharply over the last 24 hours. At least 90 have so far died, and over 150 people injured. [BBC]Twenty suicide attacks have occurred this week alone, leaving well over 100 people dead. Three British troops also died Saturday in a road side bomb attack. They were Second Lieutenant Richard Shearer, 26, from Nuneaton, and Private Leon Spicer, 26, and Private Phillip Hewett, 21, both from Tamworth. The troops, from the 1st Battalion Staffordshire Regiment, were attacked in central Amarahearly. [BBC]
Turkey saw an attack on a tourist mini-bus Saturday claiming 5 lives. The PKK are believed to be behind the attack. Initially a suicide bomber was believed responsible, but authorities later said it was likely to have been planted. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. [BBC]
[16:30 GMT 17/07/2005]

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