Over 100 Dead In Baghdad Attacks

Iraqi soldiers secure the site following an explosion in Baghdad, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005. At least 73 people were killed and 162 wounded early Wednesday when a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle near a group of construction workers in north Baghdad, police said. (AP Photo/Asaad Muhsin)
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A suicide car bomber struck as day laborers gathered to find work in a Shiite neighborhood in north Baghdad, killing at least 88 people and wounding 227 in the deadliest of a series of attacks in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday. Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility for the day's attacks.

Iraqi lawmakers, meanwhile, agreed on last-minute revisions to the contested draft constitution in a bid to appease the disgruntled Sunni minority that has formed the core support for the country's virulent insurgency.

In the most serious of at least six separate bombings in the capital, twisted hulks of vehicles were strewn throughout Oruba Square in the northern Kazimiyah district after a suicide attacker drove a small van into an area where day laborers had gathered in search of work.

Iraq's Health Ministry said that 88 people had died and 227 were wounded, making it the deadliest attack in Iraq since Feb. 28, when a suicide car bomber targeted Shiite police and National Guard recruits in Hillah, killing 125 people.

Politicians immediately denounced the bombing. Husein al-Shahristani, deputy speaker of the National Assembly called the killings "barbaric and gruesome."

In other developments:

  • Gunmen wearing military uniforms, meanwhile, surrounded a village north of Baghdad early Wednesday and executed 17 men, police said. Police Lt. Waleed al-Hayali, in Taji, 10 miles north of Baghdad, said the gunmen detained the victims after searching the village. They were handcuffed, blindfolded and shot. The dead included one policeman and others who worked as drivers and construction workers for the U.S. military, said al-Hayali.
  • 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, authorities said.
  • In central Baghdad, just a few hundred meters from the Rashid Hotel that houses diplomats and foreign contractors, a suicide car bomber attacked a U.S. convoy, police said. Fourteen Iraqi police officers were injured. It was not clear whether the attack caused any U.S. casualties.
  • Gunmen shot to death an Iraqi army officer and wounded a man nearby in the southern Dora district of Baghdad, police Capt. Firas Qity said.
  • Gunmen killed a police officer in Rumatha, about 350 kilometers south of Baghdad.
  • Two U.S. military convoys were attacked by at least two car bombs in the western Amiriyah district.