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Residents in Baghdad mourn 31 dead

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 00:43

Feb. 28 - Reisdents of Baghdad's Sadr City neighbourhoood mourn the deaths of at least 31, who were killed in a motorcycle blast. Rough Cut (No Reporter Narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Residents of Baghdad's Sadr City neighbourhood lit candles at the scene where more than 30 people killed in a blast of motorcycle rigged with explosives on Thursday (February 27). The motorcycle was parked in a second-hand bike market in the Shi'ite Muslim neighbourhood that was filled with people, mostly young men, when it exploded late Thursday afternoon, killing 31 and wounding 51 others, Iraqi medical and police sources said. Blood covered the ground, storefront windows were shattered and shoes and motorcycle parts were strewn around the market, a Reuters correspondent at the scene said. Dozens of people were screaming for information about their relatives. Frustrated and angry, residents of the city blamed the government for absence of security in the city. It was not clear who was behind the bombing but violence against Shi'ites is often blamed on the Sunni Muslim Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an al Qaeda-linked group. Baghdad has been hit by wave after wave of bombings since April as the precarious peace enjoyed since the end of Iraq's sectarian war in 2008 has unravelled. Explosives and suicide bombs have been favoured by Sunni extremists as they seek to target Shi'ite areas and intimidate their own religious community. The latest bloodshed comes as Prime Minister Nouri Maliki wages a war against Sunni militants in western Anbar province neighbouring Syria, and has become a base for ISIL. Despite the offensive, the pace of attacks around the country goes on undiminished.

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Residents in Baghdad mourn 31 dead

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 00:43