Election Day in Iraq Turns Bloody
Posted on Mar 7, 2010
Sunday’s elections in Iraq turned deadly. Baghdad alone saw at least 38 people killed and dozens wounded as insurgents attempted to disrupt the country’s voting for parliament and prime minister. —JCL
The New York Times:
A concerted wave of attacks struck Baghdad and other cities across the country on Sunday as Iraqis voted to elect a new parliament and possibly a new prime minister. Explosions reverberated across the capital moments before the polls opened and continued through the morning haze for the first hours of voting.
At least 38 people were killed and dozens more wounded in Baghdad alone by the time polls officially closed there, the Interior Ministry reported.
Insurgents in Iraq had vowed to disrupt the election, and the attacks appeared timed to frighten voters away from polling sites. If that were the intent, it did not succeed entirely.
By late morning the attacks — dozens of mortars, rockets and bombs — had tapered off, and Iraqis lined up to vote, many of them expressing anger and determination.
AP / Karim Kadim
Iraqis inspect the ruins of a building in northeastern Baghdad after insurgents bombed a polling station and lobbed grenades at voters on Sunday.