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WAR: Suicide Bomber Kills 13, Wounds 39 in Iraq

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posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 03:11 AM
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The leader of one of Iraq’s biggest political parties was unharmed when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive laden car at the gates of his house. However, 13 were killed and over 39 injured. Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, leads the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution. His party is one of the most powerful Shiite political organizations in Iraq.
 



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BAGHDAD, Iraq - A suicide bomber detonated his car Monday at the gate of the home of the leader of Iraq's biggest political party, killing nine people and injuring 39, police said. The cleric was unharmed.

Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq — the country's most powerful Shiite political group — was in his residence in Baghdad's Jadiriyah district when the attack occurred, said his spokesman, Haitham al-Husseini.

The blast, which shook the district and sent a cloud of smoke high above the area, killed nine people and injured 39, said a police commander on the scene who declined to be named. Thirty-two cars on the street and near the gates were destroyed or damaged.

"It was a suicide attack near the gate leading to the office," al-Husseini said. "Several of the guards were killed and wounded."


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I think that we can expect this cycle of violence to intensify as the elections nears. The targets have broadened to now include people running for office it seems. The Shiites have a lot to gain in this election and the Sunni’s have everything to lose. If they chose to boycott the elections, then they deserve to live in an all Shiite government.

[edit on 12/27/04 by FredT]

[edit on 12/27/04 by FredT]




posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 03:46 AM
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Abdel Aziz al-Hakim has vowed to not strike back at his attackers for this latest car bomb:



Blaming the morning rush hour attack in Baghdad on the alliance of Islamists and Sunni Arab followers of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) seen to be behind Iraq (news - web sites)'s insurgency, Hakim called for calm, five weeks before an election that may put him in government.

"We have chosen the path of non-violence and we will stick to it," Hakim, head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), told Reuters from his devastated compound. Many of his family have been assassinated.
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