Sunday, February 25, 2024

Angry Iraqi Shiites bury slain MP

Mourners shouted anti-US slogans and torched American and Israeli flags in Baghdad’s Shiite bastion after a radical MP was buried on Friday, as fresh attacks killed at least 18 people across Iraq.
“Down with Americans, down with the occupation,” Shiite youngsters shouted while burning the stars and the stripes US flag and the Star of David Israeli flag at a public square in Sadr City after Friday prayers.
Car bombs and roadside blasts in and near the Capital and the northern city of Mosul killed at least 18 people and wounded at least another 66, according to police and security officials.
The worst single attack was in Baghdad’s mainly Sunni quarter of Dora where a car bomb blast at a crowded market killed 13 people and wounded 27, police and the defence ministry said.
Also targeted was an Iraqi military base in Habaniyah, near the city of Falujah, where a car bomb wounded seven soldiers, two of them seriously. Earlier in the day, gunfire rattled through the impoverished Shiite stronghold of Sadr City where 41-year-old anti-American Shiite MP Saleh al-Ogayly was killed Thursday in a roadside bomb attack.
A large number of supporters of the MP from the radical anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s party called for a nationwide “demonstration” on October 18 to protest Thursday’s assassination, the first of an Iraqi MP in 18 months.
Residents said heavy firing was heard in Sadr City where Iraqi troops and the US military stepped up security after high-profile bomb attack.

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