Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Boom Town II


At least 157 people were killed in Baghdad on Wednesday in a series of devastating bomb blasts that rocked the city. Baghdad is back to pre-Splurge levels. The adaptation seems wholly complete and the sectarian violence is back on pace.

  • In the most deadly attack, a parked car-bomb exploded in the Shadriya market in a predominantly Shia neighborhood. That blast killed at least 112 people and seriously injured 115 more.

  • About an hour before the Shadriya blast, a suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden vehicle at a police checkpoint at an entrance point to Sadr City, the largest Shia neighborhood in Baghdad. That explosion killed 30 and wounded 45 more. At least eight vehicles (and presumably their human occupants) were incinerated as they sat in the gridlock waiting to clear the checkpoint.

  • A car parked near the Abdul Majid hospital in the central Baghdad neighborhood of Karradah. Eleven were killed and thirteen were wounded in that blast that also damaged the health care facility and nearby infrastructure.

  • A minibus blew up in the northwestern Risafi area killed four and wounded six.

Elsewhere in Baghdad on Wednesday, four policemen were killed when their patrol was ambushed south of the city center and six pedestrians were wounded in the crossfire. In another instance of innocents gunned down in the crossfire, twp brothers were killed and a policeman wounded when a gun battle erupted in Baqouba.

Let's have the conversation about getting the hell out of there. What say you?

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