Hilla blast toll revised

The US military has revised the toll in the Hilla car bomb attacks from 40 killed to 23.

    Violence in Iraq has increased in recent days

    The Iraqi health ministry and a local hospital in the southern  town said 23 people were killed and 58 wounded.

     

    Earlier, occupation forces said 40 were killed and 22 wounded in Saturday's explosions near a mosque in the town 100km south of capital Baghdad. The ruins of ancient Babylon is just outside town.

     

    Polish troops in the area said many among the dead were children.

    Initially it was believed that one car bomb had detonated but the military statement said two devices went off.

    The blasts occurred about 8:45pm (16:45GMT) in a busy street. Witnesses said the wounded staggered from the scene and sirens wailed as the casualties were ferried to hospital.

    Violence has increased in the occupied country in the run-up to the 30 June US transfer of power.

    On Sunday three powerful blasts shook central Baghdad.

    Smoke could be seen rising over the Green Zone, the headquarters of the US occupation force. 

    The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear and there were no reports on casualties.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Pie peace: My last argument with my sister

    Pie peace: My last argument with my sister

    In a family of 13 siblings, Lori was militant in her maternal agenda; making prom dresses and keeping watch over pie.

    From the US to Afghanistan: Rediscovering the mother who left me

    From the US to Afghanistan: Rediscovering the mother who left me

    Tracee Herbaugh's mother, Sharon, abandoned her when she was born, pursuing a career from which she never returned.

    Could mega-dams kill the mighty River Nile?

    Could mega-dams kill the mighty River Nile?

    For Ethiopia, a new dam holds the promise of much-needed electricity; for Egypt, the fear of a devastating water crisis.