ASIA NEWS REPORT:
At least 40
dead in a series of explosions in Baghdad
car bomb exploded in Karrada and two to Halawa, killing at least 4 people.
Security concerns after the departure of American troops. Suspicions of a
struggle between Sunni and Shiite after terrorism charges against the Vice
President Tariq al-Hashemi, who has taken refuge in Kurdistan.
Baghdad (AsiaNews / Agencies) - A coordinated series of
explosions rocked the Iraqi capital this morning, killing at least 40 people and
injuring 130. The Interior Ministry said the bombs exploded in 13 areas of the
city. Two of them were detonated in the street, in the District of Halawa, and
killed four people, a car-bomb exploded in Karrada district, breaking the
windows of houses and a school in the district.
It is not yet clear who
the instigators of the attacks are. The country is in a period of transition
after the departure of the last contingent of U.S. troops, which took place days
ago. At the same time, there are growing signs of rupture within the government,
formed last year with great difficulty.
Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi,
of the Sunni party-Iraqiyya, has been accused of supporting terrorism. To
protest the whole group of al-Iraqiyya is boycotting the parliament and accuse
the Prime Minister al-Maliki, a Shiite, of wanting to monopolize
Hashemi denies the charges against him and has for now taken
refuge in Erbil, in Kurdistan, under the protection of the regional government.
Maliki has asked that he be brought to justice.