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Wednesday
Aug012012

Twin Car Bombings Kill 21 in Baghdad

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- Two car bombings that happened within minutes of each other killed at least 21 people in central Baghdad on Tuesday.

Local Iraqi authorities said the explosions occurred in the Shiite-dominated district of Karrada.  The assailants apparently wanted to maximize casualties since the attacks happened during the middle of afternoon rush hour.

Witnesses said they saw the first car bomb detonate outside a restaurant and bakery.  As people rushed to help the victims, a second car blew up opposite a police precinct.

Five cops were killed by the second blast, while six passengers riding in a minibus also perished.  At least 50 people were wounded by the twin bombings.

It appears that suicide bombers were involved in both attacks and suspicion immediately fell on al Qaeda, which has been vocal about launching a new offensive to take back areas of Iraq that it gave up while U.S. troops still occupied the country.

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Tuesday
Jan242012

At Least Nine Killed, Dozens Wounded After Multiple Car Bombs in Baghdad

Antenna Audio, Inc./Getty Images(BAGHDAD) -- A series of car bombs across Shiite areas of Baghdad on Tuesday left at least nine people dead and dozens more injured, according to police.

Police say the first incident took place in Sadr City, when two parked car bombs went off, killing six people and wounding 32 others.

The other two attacks occurred in Al-Hurriya and Shula, resulting in the deaths of one person and two people, respectively.

Tuesday's bombings highlight the surge in violence that has taken place in Iraq following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country late last year. Since Presidet Obama ordered the rapid pullout, close to 200 people have died in attacks there.

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Wednesday
Oct122011

Dozens Killed, Wounded after Multiple Attacks in Baghdad

U.S. State Department(BAGHDAD) -- Multiple attacks in Baghdad Tuesday have left at least 19 people dead and 53 others injured, according to local police.

Authorities were the prime targets of the attacks, with the deadliest being two bombings at police stations.  A suicide car bomb in the central Baghdad neighborhood of Karradah left 14 people dead and 23 others wounded, while an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) attack at a police station in Hurriyah killed four and injured 23.

No one has yet claimed responsibilities for the attacks.

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Tuesday
Sep202011

Car Bomb Rocks the Turkish Capital

Turkish firefighters work on September 20, 2011 at the site where a suspected car bomb exploded, wounding at least 15 people in the center of the Turkish capital Ankara. AFP/Getty Images(ANKARA, Turkey) -- A car bomb that exploded in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Tuesday has killed at least three people and wounded 34.

The bomb exploded near a high school in a busy area and ignited other vehicles around it. The three people killed were in a nearby building.

It has not been confirmed who is the responsible for the attack.

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Saturday
Jul232011

Norway Terror Attacks Toll Upped to 91: Norwegian Man Arrested

HOLM MORTEN/AFP/Getty Images(OSLO) -- People in Norway are in shock Saturday after a man dressed as a police officer is suspected of shooting and killing at least 84 at a summer youth camp Friday, just hours after setting off an explosion in nearby Oslo that killed seven.

Police confirmed that they had arrested a Norwegian man for the attack on a summer youth camp, and that they believed the same man was responsible for the bombing in central Oslo several hours earlier that claimed at least seven lives.

An earlier police report had stated that at least 10 had died at the youth camp. Police fear the revised death toll could continue to rise.

With the arrest of a lone Norwegian in the twin bomb and shooting attacks, officials have all but ruled out any connection to international terrorism.

"We have one person in custody and he will be charged in connection with what has happened," said Justice Minister Knut Storberget during a Friday evening press conference. "We know that he is Norwegian. That is what we know. I don't think it's right from my position to go into details about him."

TV2, Norway's largest broadcaster, later identified the suspect as Anders Behring Breivik, 32, describing him as a member of "right-wing extremist groups in eastern Norway." Norwegian police would not confirm the identity of the suspect.

Breivik's motive remains unclear. He allegedly opened fire at a summer youth camp on the island of Utoya, just hours after explosions ripped through a government building holding Stoltenberg's office in the capital city of Oslo. According to media reports the suspect had been seen in Oslo earlier in the day.

More than 500 people were attending the camp, and most campers were teenagers.

Explosives were found on the island after the assault.

Stoltenberg was uninjured in the Oslo bombing. He was scheduled to visit the youth camp on Saturday.

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Saturday
Dec112010

Deadly Explosions Rock Stockholm

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(STOCKHOLM, Sweden) -- Explosions rocked Stockholm Saturday, leaving at least one man dead in the Swedish capital.  Two people were hurt.

The first sign of trouble came in a series of explosions, which police say was caused by what appeared to be a car bomb in the busy shopping street, Drottninggatan.  There appeared to have been gas cylinders in the car.  Another explosion came about five minutes later, a few blocks up the same street in central Stockholm, and left one man lying dead in the street.  Witnesses say the street was filled with holiday shoppers. 

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the explosions.  Police say they do not want to speculate on what is behind the explosions or whether they were even related.

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Saturday
Nov132010

Afghanistan: Motorcycle Bomb Kills Anti-Taliban Militia Commander

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- A bomb planted in a motorcycle in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz killed a local anti-Taliban militia commander and three of his fighters Saturday. The blast also killed 5 civilians and injured another 15, according to the district governor.

Kunduz has been the epicenter of the deterioration of northern Afghanistan over the last year or so, when the U.S. began shifting some of its Pakistan supply line through Tajikistan. Much of the province is dangerous to travel -- even for locals -- and the need for local communities to create anti-Taliban militias remains high.

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Thursday
Sep302010

'Key Facilitator' to Alleged Times Square Bomber Held

Photo Courtesy - US Marshals(ISLAMABAD) -- A man described as a 'key facilitator' to the suspect in the failed Times Square car bombing attempt has been detained for his alleged involvement in the May 2010 plot. Faisal Abbasi was apprehended on his way back from Waziristan and has been in custody for some time, ABC News has learned. Suspect Faisal Shazhad has pleaded guilty to his involvement in the bombing and is due to be sentenced Oct. 5 in New York.

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