이라크 경찰은 1일, 바그다드에서 발생한 폭탄공격으로, 적어도 23명이 숨지고, 35명 이상이 다쳒다고 말했습니다. 약 한시간 동안 바그다드 시내 여러 곳에서 폭탄공격 사건이 발생했으며, 주로 회교 시아파 주민들이 거주하는 한 지역에서는 차량폭탄 공격으로 적어도 20명이 숨졌습니다.
하루 전날인 28일에는, 바그다드 시 전역을 휩쓴 폭탄공격으로, 68명이 숨진 바 있습니다. 이라크 정부 고위관리들은, 1주일전 사마라에서, 시아파 회교도들의 최대 성지 가운데 하나인 아스카리야 사원이 폭파되는 사건이 발생한 이후 폭력사태가 급증했음에도 불구하고, 사태가 내전으로 번질 것 같지는 않다고 말했습니다.
아스카리야 회교사원이 폭파된 이후, 보복공격이 계속되면서, 수백명이 숨졌으며, 회교사원 수십곳이 파괴됐습니다.
Iraqi police say at least 23 people were killed and more than 35 others wounded by bomb attacks in Baghdad today (Wednesday). Multiple explosions ripped through different parts of the sprawling city in the space of about one hour. The worst was a car bomb that killed at least 20 people in a Shi'ite Muslim neighborhood.
Today's carnage followed an even bloodier day of violent on Tuesday, when a series of bombs killed 68 people across Baghdad -- mostly at religious sites. Despite the dramatic surge in violence, senior Iraqi officials say there is no immediate threat of civil war following the bomb attack one week ago (February 22) that wrecked the Askariya shrine in Samarra -- one of the holiest sites in Shi'ite Islam.
Since then, hundreds of people have been killed and dozens of mosques damaged in reprisal attacks.
Commenting on the bloodshed, President Bush said Iraqis and their leaders must make a choice between chaos and unity. He told an interviewer (from the U.S. ABC network) that he believes Iraqis will choose unification, and that the United States is going to help them do so. Meanwhile, Saddam Hussein's trial resumed in Baghdad today.
Prosecutors introduced as evidence Tuesday a document that is said to show Saddam personally approved the execution of nearly 150 Shi'ite Muslims in 1984, following a failed assassination attempt against him that was launched from the victims' village.