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Indiscriminate Attacks in Baghdad Are War Crimes, Says Amnesty International
WASHINGTON - December 8 - Amnesty International condemns
today’s indiscriminate bomb attacks in Baghdad,
which according to news reports killed at least 120 people and injured
400 others, many of them civilians.
It is not known who is responsible for this morning’s explosions.
“There can be absolutely no justification whatsoever for indiscriminate attacks or attacks which target civilians, as these seem to have done,” said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s director for the Middle East and North Africa. “Such attacks are war crimes. They must be investigated thoroughly by the authorities and those responsible must be identified and brought to justice.”
According to news reports, at least five bomb explosions shook the city this morning. The first explosion went off in Baghdad’s southern al-Doura district and was apparently aimed at a police patrol but killed at least 12 students from a nearby college.
Another four near simultaneous car bombs exploded close to government buildings that reportedly house the Labor, Health and Interior Ministries.
Amnesty International has repeatedly condemned car bombs and other attacks targeting civilians in Iraq. Some attacks seem intended to re-ignite sectarian divisions between Iraq’s Sunni and Shi’a communities and members of various ethnic and religious minorities.
Today’s coordinated attacks follow a decision by Iraq’s parliament to pass a new electoral law, which paves the way for a general election to be held early next year. Passage of the law was previously delayed due to a dispute over its terms.