Dozen killed in Iraq blasts

Attacks come a day after bombs killed more than 30 people in Baghdad and Mosul.

    Iraqi officials say the attacks  can be interpreted as signals of rejection to the US security pact [AFP]

    A roadside bomb also struck an Iraqi army convoy in Hilla, south of Baghdad, killing five Iraqi soldiers, a police official said.

    "It hit the first vehicle. The whole thing exploded and burned to the ground," Ali al Jubouri, an eyewitness, told Reuters news agency.

    Opposing security pact

    The attacks came a day after a string of blasts killed more than 30 people
    in Baghdad and Mosul, underlining the challenges facing Iraqi security forces as they prepare to take responsibility from US troops.

    According to a security pact passed by the Iraqi parliament last week, US troops will withdraw from Iraqi towns by mid-2009 and leave the country completely by the end of 2011.

    The attacks can be interpreted as signals of rejection to the security pact, Alaa al Taie, Interior Ministry official, said.

    "We read these bombings as messages. The first message is: 'We are still here'. The second is: they reject the accord. They want to create an atmosphere of fear."

    SOURCE: Agencies


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