Explosions in Shiite Areas of Baghdad Kill 27
A series of bombings in Baghdad leaves 27 people dead and dozens wounded, intensifying fears of increased violence following the recent U.S. troop withdrawal.
(AP) Baghdad - A wave of explosions struck two Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 27 people and intensifying fears that insurgents are stepping up attacks after the U.S. troop withdrawal that was completed last month.
The attacks began with the explosion of a bomb attached to a motorcycle near a bus stop where day laborers gather to look for work in the Sadr city neighborhood. One of those who witnessed the attack said it filled the area with thick black smoke.
"People have real fears that the cycle of violence might be revived in this country," said Tariq Annad, a 52-year-old government employee who lives nearby.