Many killed in Iraq bus attack

Violence in the capital shows no let-up after prime minister vows crackdown.

    Sectarian violence has been on the rise
    in Iraq [AFP]


    An interior ministry source confirmed there was an attack on a bus in the Amriya area.
     
    He said initial reports were of four dead and nine wounded, but that the toll could rise.
     
    Violence
     
    Hundreds of people are killed every week in attacks in Iraq and buses carrying workers have frequently been targeted by kidnappers and armed men.
     
    Security sources say the main road to the airport, which also houses the main US military base in Baghdad, has seen a rise in attacks in recent days.
     
    The transport ministry, which controls the airport, is run by supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia leader, whose al-Mahdi Army has been accused by Washington and Sunni Arabs of operating death squads.
     
    The attack comes after Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, promised a security crackdown in Baghdad that would crush armed groups "regardless of sect or politics".
     
    The hanging of Saddam Hussein at the end of 2006 and the release of an illicitly filmed video showing the former president being taunted on the gallows, possibly by followers of al-Sadr, has heightened tensions in Iraq.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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