Suicide bomber targets busy Baghdad cafe, killing 25

BAGHDAD Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:36pm EDT

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed 25 people and wounded more than 50 in Baghdad on Friday when he detonated his explosives inside a busy cafe near a park popular with families, police and medical sources said.

It was one of the worst attacks in Iraq since suicide bombers hit the same district two months ago, targeting a Shi'ite mosque and killing 29 worshippers during noon prayers.

Friday's bombing took place in al-Qahira, a northern district of the capital that is home to mainly Shi'ite Muslims. Children were among the casualties at the site, which is in an area with cafes and restaurants. The wounded had been taken to four different hospitals, the sources said.

"There was a crowd of people, and the suicide bomber detonated himself right inside it. Most of the people were killed or injured by ball bearings from the device," police officer Ahmed Jassim said.

His patrol heard the blast and arrived at the site to find people lying dead or injured on the ground in pools of blood. Police hesitated to help the wounded because they feared a second bomb, he said.

In a separate attack in central Baghdad, gunmen on motorcycles shot dead four people who were in a car, police and health sources said.

Iraqis have suffered extreme violence for years, but since the start of 2013 the intensity of attacks on civilians has dramatically increased. More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in attacks in July, the worst monthly toll since 2008.

Since the start of 2013, bomb attacks by mainly Sunni Muslim insurgents have increasingly targeted cafes and other places where families gather, as well as the usual targets of military facilities and checkpoints.

Eighteen months since U.S. troops withdrew, deep-rooted sectarian tensions have been aggravated by the civil war in neighboring Syria and growing political divisions between Shi'ite, Sunni and ethnic Kurdish factions.

(Additional reporting by Raheem Salman, Writing by Sylvia Westall; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall and Ken Wills)

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BIGEEE1 wrote:
Think of the logic….maim and kill as many innocents as you can. Coffee shop..great target. Islam, the cancerous tumor on the lung of humanity.

Aug 23, 2013 4:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Greenspan2 wrote:
Besides being a blasphemous act that spits in the face of Allah or God and will not result in either heaven or paradise, such cowardly attacks are typically committed by racial and/or religious supremacists and almost always under the cover of a hood as these cowards usually hide or disguise their identities or solicit and exploit others to do their bidding.

Aug 23, 2013 5:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Reuters1945 wrote:
@BIGEEE1

“Islam, the cancerous tumor on the lung of humanity.”

I quite agree with your choice of words.

Without in any way claiming I am any expert in the field of Comparative Religious beliefs, which I clearly am not, from all the readings and study I have expended on these matters over the years, including both Eastern, Western and other Religions, I do believe it can be accurately said that there does seem to be a greater degree of rationality, and even perhaps more simple “normal” common sense in some religions as opposed to others.

In terms of the discussion at hand, when I read translations of the Koran, I find a massive number of passages quite troubling in the extreme.

There are numerous passages in fact that reflect a degree of sadistic thinking, urging extreme cruelty toward other people who do not agree, suggestions involving quite barbaric behavior and in particular, the mindset as to how women should be treated which reminds of the darkest periods of the Middle Ages.

Even more troubling are the large number of passages that seem almost to have emerged from the mind of an individual who was deeply troubled, inclined to violent thinking and behavior and at times psychologically defective (to the point of being clinically psychotic)and indeed quite dangerous.

As for references to quite deviant sexual urgings and behavior, to be found throughout the Koran, any psychoanalyst could have a field day attempting to understand how such deviant, cruel and violent sexual concepts could have ever come to exist in a treatise purporting to be offering advice on how human beings should conduct their lives and treat their fellow human beings.

It always causes me to wonder how anyone, at least an individual with a fairly sound, healthy, “normal” state of mind, can read the Koran and not be amazed that millions of people can read those countless passages and NOT find them abnormal and offensive and in fact troubling in the extreme.

What type of mind/s could have created such a work over the span of many centuries. And how is it possible that someone living in the 21rst Century can read the Koran and find that it all makes perfect sense and indeed is the best advice on Earth, on which to model one’s life and that of his wife and children.

I would suggest that anyone who has not read a reliable, accurate translation of the Koran to do so at the earliest opportunity.

The fruit that has dropped from the tree of Islam is no less lethal and antithetical to human life than Sarin gas, a term that conjures up in any sane human being feelings of the utmost revulsion.

The ideas embedded in Islam, are cause for people to become human killing machines that see nothing irrational about attaching explosives to their own bodies and then randomly blowing up countless other human beings along with themselves.

The fanatical, suicidal followers of Islam, one encounters in the countries of the Middle East, who believe hook, line and sinker in a strict adherence to the establishment of Sharia (Islamic Law) for every man, woman and child on Planet Earth are a clear and present danger to all of Humanity.

As to the solution to such a spreading cancer, there may be no short term solution. Like certain types of mega forest fires that seem to defy all attempts to control them, it may be that there is no solution except to simply allow such fires to burn themselves out at some point.

How many well intentioned, brave “fire fighters” hoping to control the fires of Islam have been pointlessly sacrificed in a battle that is as old as the world.

As expressed so well by one of History’s greatest thinkers:

“Against stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.”

“Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens” -Friedrich von Schiller

Aug 23, 2013 6:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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