Friday, September 30, 2005

Reuters AlertNet - IRAQ WRAPUP 3-Car bombs in Iraq kill more than 110 people

Reuters AlertNet - IRAQ WRAPUP 3-Car bombs in Iraq kill more than 110 people: "BALAD, Iraq, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Car bombs have killed more than 110 people, 25 of them children, in a surge of violence in Iraq ahead of an Oct. 15 referendum on a new constitution.

One of the four car bombs ripped through a crowded market in the southern town of Hilla killing at least 12 people and wounding 47 on Friday, police and health officials said.

In the mainly Shi'ite town of Balad, north of Baghdad, the death toll from three huge car bombs on Thursday rose to 98 on Friday, hospital director Kassim Aboud said.

Furious residents in Balad blamed the attacks on 'foreign fighters', long accused by the U.S. military of infiltrating Iraq from Syria to carry out attacks across the country.

'What have those Jordanians and Palestinians and Saudis got to do with us? Shame on them!' Abu Waleed, a hotel owner in Balad who said seven people staying in his hotel died in the blasts, shouted angrily."

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