Shiites and Sunnis accuse each other of Iraq truck blasts

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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