Suicide bomb attacks kill 30 in Iraq (Second Lead)

July 28th, 2008 - 6:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Baghdad, July 28 (Xinhua) At least 30 people were killed and some 100 injured in four suicide bomb attacks in Iraq Monday, authorities said. Three female suicide bombers blew themselves up in quick succession in a crowd of Shia pilgrims in Baghdad killing at least 19 people and wounding more than 40 while in the northern city of Kirkuk a human bomb detonated his explosive vest killing 11 people and wounding about 45, police said.

“A suicide bomber wearing an explosive-belt blew himself up among a crowd of Kurdish people demonstrating in front of the government building in central Kirkuk,” Brigadier Burhan Wasif, chief of Kirkuk city police said.

The attack targeted a demonstration of Kurdish people who were protesting the passage of a controversial law on the provincial election by the Iraqi parliament, he said.

On July 22, the Iraqi parliament approved the key election bill, despite a walkout by lawmakers from the Kurdish coalition bloc.

In the other suicide attack, the Baghdad bombers blew themselves up targeting pilgrims who were on their way to a Shia shrine in the city, DPA said quoting the Voices of Iraq news agency.

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims were heading to the Kazimyah shrine in north-western Baghdad to mark the death of a revered Shia imam. The event will start Tuesday.

Thousands of Iraqi forces along with US reinforcements have been deployed in the area as Kazimiyah was the site of previous attacks on pilgrims.

A team of female guards has been deployed for the first time in order to search women for bomb vests.

Seven pilgrims on their way to the shrine Sunday were shot dead by unknown assailants. The attacks occurred in the town of Madain, south of Baghdad.

Female suicide bombers up to now have been mainly active in the east-central province of Diyala, causing the US military there to set up an all-woman citizen’s brigade that searches women for explosives.

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