Sectarian Violence Rains Death on Iraq as Maliki Praises Crackdown
despite the PR campaign to understate the deadliness of the mix of American military presence, civil war and improvised explosives ravaging the country. Today at least 42 people died in a car bombing in a town 50 miles west of Baghdad. Earlier today, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki issued a statement touting a recent crackdown, citing a reduction in violence in Baghdad, but on Saturday in the capital alone at least seven people were killed and more than 30 injured, according to the BBC.
A truck bomb exploded as worshippers left the mosque in Habbaniyah, 50 miles west of Baghdad, police said.
As well as those killed, more than 60 people were hurt, initial reports said.
Earlier, Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki said sectarian killings and kidnappings had fallen in the wake of a new Baghdad security plan, launched 10 days ago.