Iraq’s Parliament Bombed; 29 Killed Across Country

Bombers staged several attacks against government and security forces today. Among them was a probable assassination attempt at the parliament building in Baghdad. That one was overshadowed by another at a prison just north of the capital, in which dozens were left dead or wounded. Less successful attacks targeting a Turkmen politician and a Sahwa commander also took place. Overall, at least 29 Iraqis were killed and 57 more were wounded.

At least 19 people were killed and 24 more were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb at the entrance to the Hout prison in Taji. The attack took place at 8:00 a.m., apparently during a shift change. Although most of the casualties were police officers and prison staff, some visiting family members were among the wounded. Fearing a second bomber, police fired into the air to disperse onlookers.

In Baghdad, a sticky (or suicide) bomb exploded at a back entrance to the parliament building. The blast killed four people and wounded six others, most of them guards. Also wounded was M.P. Moayyed Tayyib, chief spokesperson for the Kurdish Blocs Coalition. He was well enough to return home later in the day. Also in the capital, a blast in Mansour killed two people and wounded four more.

A bombing at the Kirkuk home of Turkmen Provincial Council member Ali Mehdi Sadiq left one dead and 13 wounded.

In Tarmiya, gunmen tossed grenades at the home of a Sahwa commander, wounding seven people. A municipal council member who was one of several guests at the home was wounded along with the commander.

A roadside bomb killed a policeman and wounded another at a checkpoint in Shirqat.

In Tuz Khormato, two people were wounded in a bombing.

An army officer was killed during a blast in Abu Ghraib.

Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for since 2006.