US condemns wave of bombings,Iraqis blame govt for inaction

After a day of carnage aimed mainly at Shi’ite Muslims celebrating the end of Ramzan

Written by Reuters | Baghdad | Published: August 12, 2013 2:14 am

Gun attacks and a bombing killed at least seven more people in Iraq on Sunday,police said,after a day of carnage aimed mainly at Shi’ite Muslims celebrating the end of Ramzan.

On Sunday,gunmen opened fire at a checkpoint manned by “Sawha”,a government-backed Sunni militia,killing two and wounding two in the town of Buhriz,about 60 km northeast of Baghdad,police said. Further north,gunmen attacked a busy park in the town of Balad,killing two,police said.

To the south of the capital,three anti-terrorism squad officers were killed by a roadside bomb in Mahaweel.

The US condemned a wave of car bombings which police and medical sources said killed nearly 80 people across Iraq on Saturday,saying those who had attacked civilians during Eid al-Fitr festivities were “enemies of Islam”. Bombs tore through markets,shopping streets and parks late on Saturday.

The State Department said,“the United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the cowardly attacks today in Baghdad”,adding “the terrorists who committed these acts are enemies of Islam and a shared enemy of the United States,Iraq,and the international community.”

Iraq’s Interior Ministry said media reports about the attacks had been exaggerated in a way that would give a morale boost to attackers. It said 21 people had been killed across Iraq. Almost all senior Iraqi officials,including Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki,made no mention of the attacks.

Meanwhile,Iraqis blamed the authorities Sunday for failing to ward off the attacks. Iraqis voiced frustration with the government and security forces for failing to prevent the violence which killed 74 people,47 of them in Baghdad.

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