Iraq’s capital was rocked by five suicide bombings against the Red Cross and Iraqi police in attacks which killed 42 people and wounded more than 200, in a bloody start to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. It was the deadliest day in war-battered Iraq for two months, since a car bomb killed 83 people, including Iraq’s leading Shiite politician, Ayatollah Mohammad Baqer al-Hakim, in the central city of Najaf on August 29. The five morning attacks which plunged the capital into terror and sparked worldwide condemnation were launched with two simultaneous blasts at the police stations in Al-Bayaa, also known as Al-Elam, and Al-Dora, south of Baghdad. Within barely an hour, explosions also rocked the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) office, and three other police stations in the capital. Another car bomb attack was foiled. Full Story
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