이라크에서 28일 차량폭탄 공격과 자살테러가 발생해 영국군 병사 2명 등 최소한 34명이 사망했습니다. 사고는 대부분 수도 바그다드에서 발생했으며 이 곳에서는 일련의 폭발이 동시에 일어나면서 민간인 15명이 사망하고 최소한 50명이 부상했습니다.
사망한 영국군 병사들은 바그다드 동남부 아마라 부근에서 사고를 당했으며 또 한 명의 병사가 부상했다고 영국 국방부는 밝혔습니다. 한편 이라크 병사들은 바구바 부근 도로에서 총에 맞은 시신 9구를 발견했습니다.
또 사담 후세인 전 대통령의 고향인 티크리트에서는 폭탄으로 인해 후세인 부친의 묘소에 세운 회교당이 파손됐습니다. 이라크 관리들은 지난주 발생한 사마라의 시아파 회교당 폭발 이래 30명의 저항분자가 사망하고 4백여명이 체포됐다고 밝혔습니다.
Car-bomb blasts and suicide bombing attacks in Iraq today (Tuesday) killed at least 34 people, including two British soldiers. Most of the carnage took place in Baghdad, where a series of blasts that went off almost simultaneously killed 15 civilians and wounded at least 50 others.
The explosions occurred in central and eastern districts of the city. The British soldiers were killed near the town of Amara, (260 kilometers) southeast of the capital. Britain's Defense Ministry says a third soldier was wounded. Iraqi soldiers found nine bullet-riddled bodies off a road near the city of Baquba. And in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown, a bomb damaged a mosque built over the grave of the ousted dictator's father.
Despite the continuing violence, senior Iraqi officials say there is now less of a risk that the past week's sectarian violence will expand into full-scale civil war. Iraqi officials say more than 30 insurgents have been killed and over 400 others arrested since last Wednesday's bombing of a Shi'ite Muslim shrine (Askariya mosque) in Samarra. A news report from Baghdad published in The Washington Post today says more than 13-hundred people -- a toll far higher than previously reported -- were killed in the past week's violence.
Senior officials at the morgue say the facility received fewer than 250 bodies (since the surge in violence that followed the explosion at the mosque). As of Monday, the Washington Post said, hundreds of bodies were still unclaimed at the morgue. which it said was filled with "blood-caked [bodies of] men who had been shot, knifed, garroted or apparently suffocated by the plastic bags still over their heads." Although efforts to form a new government have now been delayed, some Sunni politicians are indicating talks could resume if Sunni mosques allegedly seized by Shi'ite militants are returned to them.