Sunday, August 05, 2007

Mortar attacks on Baghdad gas stations kill at least 11

Above: A gas station in Baghdad, where long lines are common. The gas shortage in the oil-rich country has been exacerbated by the lack of electricity, causing those who can afford it to turn to generators which compete for the limited fuel supply in the country with the world's second-largest oil reserves.

Iraqi police say mortar bombs have struck a petrol station in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 11 people and wounding 11.

Several mortar bombs landed at another petrol station in a nearby district, wounding six people.

Baghdad residents often queue for hours at petrol stations for fuel, and insurgents have targeted them.

Suicide bombers attacked two petrol stations last Wednesday, killing 70 people.

From RFE

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