Car bomb kills 40 in Iraq (Lead)

March 11th, 2009 - 12:24 am ICT by IANS  

Baghdad, March 10 (DPA) A car bomb in a Baghdad market killed 40 people and wounded 55 Tuesday, the police said.
The explosion was one of four attacks that took place in Iraq within 24 hours.

A foreign civilian was killed in a rocket attack on a British military base near Basra, two policemen were killed in a bomb attack in the northern city of Kirkuk, and nine people were wounded late Monday in an attack on a wedding ceremony in Mosul.

The four incidents come in the wake of a recent upsurge in attacks in Iraq, after a period of relative quiet. At least 28 people died on Sunday, in a bomb attack on a police recruitment centre.

In Tuesday’s most serious attack, at least 40 died and 55 were injured in the bomb blast in the Abu Ghreib area, according to police.

It happened at what was believed to have been a reconciliation meeting between tribal leaders and members of the Iraq security services.

Among the dead was an al-Baghdadiya satellite channel correspondent and a cameraman. “Baghdadiya Mourns its correspondent Souhaib Adnan and cameraman Haidar Hashem, who were killed in the blast,” read a statement on the channel’s website.

Police sources told DPA that an Iraqi army lieutenant army was also killed along with 15 of his bodyguards.

A car bomb in eastern Mosul targeted the son of a Christian politician, who escaped the blast, which instead killed a Christian doctor.

Te attack revived memories of those between last September and November when dozens of Christians in the northern city were murdered, seemingly only because of their ethnic identity.

Another bomb also in eastern Mosul struck a police patrol, injuring six civilians.

Earlier Tuesday a foreign civilian was killed in a rocket attack on a British military base near the southern city of Basra, local media reported Tuesday citing British military sources.

Near the northern city of Kirkuk, two policemen were reported killed by an explosive device that went off near the convoy of General Khalid Mohammed.

On Feb 20, Iraqi security forces in Mosul began a push, dubbed “Operation New Hope,” to arrest militants from Al Qaeda in Iraq.

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