Shiites and Sunnis accuse each other of Iraq truck blasts
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Last Updated: Friday, August 21, 2009, 19:48
Baghdad: Powerful Shiite politicians and Iraq's leading Sunni insurgency group on Friday accused each other of being responsible for massive truck bombings in Baghdad that killed 95 people two days ago.

Statements from both sides exposed the gulf between the country's two main Muslim groups in the wake of Wednesday's attacks at the ministries of finance and foreign affairs, which also left about 600 people wounded.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a Shiite, said on Wednesday the bombings were "a desperate attempt to derail the political process and affect the parliamentary elections," planned to take place in January 2010.

A statement from the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, a powerful and influential Shiite party close to Iran, said the country was facing "comprehensive war" and not only "simple bombings here and there."

It blamed Sunnis who once formed the backbone of toppled dictator Saddam Hussein's regime for the attacks.

"The remains of the former Saddam regime who are accusing Shiites of being unbelievers are continuing their crimes against innocent Iraqis, revealing their criminal plans against people's freedom and dignity," it said.

"Those attacks are clear evidence that there is a studied plan aim to kill more innocent Iraqis and destroy the wealth of Iraq," the statement added, calling on the United Nations and national governments to protect Iraqis.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, August 21, 2009, 19:48

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