Triple bombing in Baghdad deadliest in months
The blasts took place in Azamiyah – once a hotbed of Sunni-Shiite violence – and may have been an attempt to reignite sectarian conflict.
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Moreover, the Kasrah section of the Azamiyah neighborhood may have been targeted by Al Qaeda, reports the BBC.Skip to next paragraph
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There are suspicions that the blasts were an al-Qaeda attempt to re-ignite sectarian conflict in Baghdad, says [a BBC] correspondent. Kasra adjoins the mainly-Sunni district of Adhamiya.
According to the AP, the Azamiyah neighborhood, which used to be a center of resistance to US forces and their Shiite allies, has been relatively peaceful in recent months. Sunnis local to the neighborhood abandoned theinsurgency to join Awakening Councils, established to provide securityalong with Iraqi soldiers and police.
Until 2007, Azamiyah – a Sunni neighborhood – was a hotbed of sectarian violence and therefore one of the earlier neighborhoods to be walled in to prevent sectarian attacks, reported the AP in April 2007.
U.S. soldiers are building a three-mile wall to protect a Sunni Arab enclave surrounded by Shiite neighborhoods in a Baghdad area "trapped in a spiral of sectarian violence and retaliation," the military said.
When the wall is finished, the minority Sunni community of Azamiyah, located on the eastern side of the Tigris River, will be completely gated, and traffic control points manned by Iraqi soldiers will provide the only means to enter it, the military said....
It said the concrete wall, including barriers as tall as 12 feet, "is one of the centerpieces of a new strategy by coalition and Iraqi forces to break the cycle of sectarian violence" in Baghdad.
The suicide car bomber in Baquba, in Diyala province, struck a checkpoint staffed by a local Awakening Council militia.
Six militia members were killed and 14 civilians were wounded, police said.
The US military began transferring control of the Awakening Council militias to the Iraqis on 1 October and on Monday the government started paying the salaries of the Baghdad councils.
The Awakening Council militias, along with the increase in US troop numbers, are credited with the dramatic improvements in security in Iraq since the fierce sectarian violence of 2006-7.
Monday’s attacks are the latest incident in a series that indicates an upswing in violence in the Iraqi capital. Last week, daily bombings killed more than 30 people and wounded over 80, reported the AP.