Back-To-Back Horror In Baghdad

An Iraqi inspects the scene following an explosion in Baghdad, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005. Three civilians were killed when a roadside bomb struck a Ministry of Industry bus in eastern Baghdad and thirteen were injured in the attack, police said. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
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Iraqi rebels continuing their campaign to undermine the government and the foreign troops who support it struck again Thursday, with three different suicide bombs in south Baghdad, a day after more than a dozen suicide bombs claimed at least 160 lives and wounded 570 others.

Two suicide car bombers struck within a minute of each other just a half-mile apart in south Baghdad shortly before noon, killing at least seven policemen and raising the day's bombing death toll to at least 28.

Four hours earlier, 16 police officers and 5 civilians were killed when a suicide bomber drove his car into a convoy of police vehicles in Baghdad's southern Dora district.

So far there has been no claim of responsibility for Thursday's bombs but the terror group Al Qaeda In Iraq has claimed responsibility for Wednesday's suicide attacks. In an audio tape posted to the Internet - purportedly by Al Qaeda In Iraq - the group declares all out war on Shiite Muslims, Iraqi troops and the Iraqi government.

Wednesday was the Iraqi capital's bloodiest day since the U.S. declared the end of the "major combat" phase of the war.

In other recent developments:

  • The city of Chicago has become the largest city in the U.S. to approve a resolution urging the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. The resolution, approved by the city's alderman in a 29-9 vote, calls for an "immediate and orderly" withdrawal. Chicago joins other cities - including San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Calif., 50 towns in Vermont and the Chicago suburb of Evanston - in calling for the troops to be brought home.
  • Iraqi forces arrested two insurgents in connection with Wednesday's bombing in the Kazimiyah section of Baghdad, one of them a Palestinian and the other a Libyan, Iraqi television quoted Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari as saying. Al-Jaafari also said the suicide bomber was a Syrian.
  • Also Wednesday, attackers killed 17 men, including Iraqi drivers and construction workers for the U.S. military, in a Sunni village north of Baghdad before dawn.
  • A car bomb hit an American military convoy in eastern Baghdad, and police Capt. Maher Hamad said two U.S. soldiers were wounded, though that was not confirmed by the U.S. military.
  • Another car bomb exploded alongside an Iraqi National Guard convoy in the northern Baghdad district of Shula, killing at least two people.