Blood spills in Basra as series of bombs across Iraq kills dozens
Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 01:12
July 14 - Dozens dead after a string of bomb blasts in predominantly Shi'ite Muslim provinces of Iraq. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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Blood spills in Basra in a series of bomb attacks that killed at least eight people.
A witness describes the grim scene on the ground.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED MALE EYEWITNESS, SAYING;
"I was at home when a bomb went off. And when people gathered -- a car bomb blew up, sending people flying -- as you can see there are pieces of flesh scattered all around. Dead people were lying on the ground. Then a third bomb went off making the situation even worse. As you see, pieces of car wreckage flew to the far end of the street. A man was cut in half."
On Sunday violence swept through predominantly Shi'ite Muslim provinces in Iraq killing at least 24 people.
Security sources say it's not clear who was behind Sunday's explosions, but Sunni Islamist insurgents have been regaining strength in recent months.
The violence is part of a sustained campaign of militant attacks this year that has prompted fears of wider conflict in a country where ethnic Kurds and Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims have yet to find a stable power-sharing compromise.
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