Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Rescuers search for survivors of bombings in north as toll climbs to 250 dead, 350 wounded in dealiest incident ever

Left: A survivor of the multiple fule-truck-bomb attacks is treated at a hospital today.

Iraq bombs: Hunt for survivors in rubble

Rescuers searched for survivors in northern Iraq today after more than 200 people were killed and 300 injured in a co-ordinated series of suicide bombings late last night.

In one of the deadliest incidents since the US-led invasion of the country began, four suicide truck bombers struck an area home to the Yazidi, a Kurdish religious sect, near the city of Mosul.

The attack raised fears of a new strategy by anti-American forces in Iraq, focussing their efforts on so-called "soft targets" away from Baghdad where Washington has concentrated its firepower.

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At Least 250 Dead After Iraq Blasts

BAGHDAD (AP) - Rescuers uncovered dozens of bodies in the wreckage of clay houses in northwest Iraq on Wednesday, sending the death toll from suicide truck bombings of a small Kurdish sect to at least 250 - the war's deadliest attack on a single area.

A U.S. general said the attack on the Yazidis - who have been attacked by Muslim extremists who consider them infidels - was an act of "ethnic cleansing."

Zayan Othman, the health minister of the nearby autonomous Kurdish region, said the casualty toll had risen to at least 250 killed and 350 wounded as bodies were pulled from the rubble. That surpassed the death toll of 215 people from mortar fire and five car bombs in Baghdad's Shiite Muslim enclave of Sadr City on Nov. 23.

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