Death toll in Baghdad bombings rises
Wednesday 03 November 2010
The death toll from a series of bomb blasts in mainly Shi'ite areas of Baghdad yesterday has reached 64 with 360 wounded, Iraq's health minister said.
The bombings occurred hours after a memorial service for some of the 52 hostages and police killed in a church raid on Sunday, and as the Iraqi government vowed to improve security for Iraq's Christian minority.
The attacks appeared to demonstrate that a weakened but stubborn insurgency has a greater capacity to carry out large-scale strikes than US and Iraqi officials have acknowledged.
Iraq remains in political limbo almost eight months after an inconclusive election, raising fears Sunni Islamist groups such as al-Qa'ida might exploit tension to reignite a sectarian war.
"The death toll from Tuesday's terrorist attacks is 64 martyrs and 360 wounded. Most of the wounded received medical treatment and only 86 stayed at hospitals," Health Minister Saleh al-Hasnawi told state television on Wednesday.
An Interior Ministry source said on Tuesday the total killed was 76 and 271 were wounded, while other sources said the toll was at least 40.
Conflicting death tolls in the aftermath of bomb attacks are common in Iraq.
- 1 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 2 Orgasm machine to deliver climax at the push of a button
- 3 Dear 'The Sun', breast cancer isn't sexy
- 4 Teacher shows sex tape featuring herself to pupils during class by mistake
- 5 Singapore sting: Sky-high prices are pushing locals to the edge of affordability
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: A small but growing chain of boutique hot...
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: The company works with Tier 1 FTSE 100 Ba...
£45 - 60k Per Annum: Charter Selection: Highly profitable leisure brand, marke...
£30000 - £50000 per annum + Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: Residenti...