Iraq detains 11 senior officers after Baghdad bombings

Last Updated: Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 17:31

Baghdad: Iraq detained 11 senior security
officers and tightened security across Baghdad on Thursday after two
truck bombs in the capital killed 95 people in the country`s
worst day of violence in 18 months.

The new measures, including an increased troop
presence on the ground and tougher searches at checkpoints,
followed a pledge by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to overhaul
the country`s security and a senior minister`s acknowledgement
of "serious security breaches."

Despite the heightened state of alert, two people were
killed and 10 wounded early today by a bicycle bomb in a
market in the largely commercial al-Rasheed street in central
Baghdad, security and medical officials said.

"An investigation has been launched into how these
trucks got into the area," said Major General Qassim Atta,
spokesman for the Iraqi Army`s Baghdad operations.

He added that 11 senior police, army and intelligence
officers had been arrested and were being questioned over
security failures that led to the bombings, just minutes
apart, outside the ministries of finance and foreign affairs
yesterday morning which left around 600 injured.

Atta said security regulations prohibit trucks of the
sort that exploded from coming close to the two ministries.

Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said to a news agency that there
had been "some serious, serious security breaches," and said
that while he could not say who was behind the attacks, their
timings were "archetypal of al Qaeda."

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 17:31

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