Lorry bomb tears through busy market in northern Iraqi village.
|The bombing in Amirli was the second deadliest
since the US-led invasion [AFP]
“I can’t comprehend what has happened. My entire family was killed in one moment,” Abbas Kadhim, who told Reuters new agency the blast levelled his house, killing his wife, his two sons, his parents and also a brother, said.
“There is no value left in my life … I have asked God why I didn’t just die with them so I wouldn’t have to go through this torture.”
The death toll made it the second deadliest bombing since the US-led invasion in 2003. In March, a truck bomb attack killed 152 people in the northern town of Tal Afar.
Meanwhile, The New York Times newspaper called for US troops to leave Iraq now, writing the US plan to stabilise the country through military means is a lost cause.
“It is time for the United States to leave Iraq, without any more delay than the Pentagon needs to organise an orderly exit,” it wrote in a rare, single-issue editorial taking up one-half of a page.
“Like many Americans, we have put off that conclusion, waiting for a sign that President Bush was seriously trying to dig the United States out of the disaster he created by invading Iraq without sufficient cause, in the face of global opposition, and without a plan to stabilise the country afterward.”
The Times concluded that Bush has “neither the vision nor the means to do that.”