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A wave of bomb attacks has hit Iraq
as people celebrated the Eid-ul-Fitr
festival marking the end of Ramadan,
with more than 60 reported dead.
Eleven bombs targeted both Shia and
Sunni areas of the capital, Baghdad,
hitting cafes, markets and restaurants
in at least nine different districts.
A bomb also killed at least ten people
in Tuz Khurmato, north of the capi-
tal.This Ramadan in Iraq is thought to
have been one of the deadliest in years,
with more than 670 people killed.
Most of the violence in the past six
months has involved Sunni Islamist
militant groups targeting Shia Muslim
More than 4,000 people have died
in such attacks this year. A further
9,865 have been injured, with Baghdad
province the worst hit.
More than 170 people were reported
injured in the latest wave of violence.
The capital s deadliest car bomb
attack on Saturday struck in the evening
near an outdoor market in the south-
eastern suburb of Jisr Diyala, police
said, killing seven people and injuring
20.Correspondents say the areas struck
in the capital were both Shia and Sunni
Saif Mousa, the owner of a shoe store
in the mainly Shia New Baghdad, said
he was sitting in his shop when he
heard an explosion outside.
He told the Associated Press news
agency: "My shop s windows were
smashed and smoke filled the whole
area. I went outside of the shop and I
could hardly see because of the smoke.
We had a terrible day that was supposed
to be nice."
At least another ten people were
killed in a suicide car bomb attack in
Tuz Khurmato, 105 miles north of
Other attacks were reported in the
Shia holy city of Karbala, 50 miles south
of Baghdad, and Nasiriya, 230 miles
south of the capital. (BBC)
Iraqis enjoy the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday in a park in Baghdad, Iraq, yesterday. The three-day Muslim Eid-ul-
Fitr holiday marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. AP PHOTO
attacks kill dozens
UN chief Ban Ki-
moon says the Central
African Republic (CAR)
has suffered a "total
breakdown of law and
order" since rebels
seized power in March.
He urged the UN
Security Council to con-
sider sanctions or to set
up a panel of experts to
monitor the situation.
Seleka rebel group
leader Michel Djotodia
ousted President Francois
Bozize in March.
Last month Medecins
Sans Frontieres (MSF)
said the country s health
care system had col-
In a report that the
Security Council is due
to discuss on Wednesday,
Mr Ban said infighting
among rebel groups had
led to widespread abus-
"They included arbi-
Police officers and airport workers
are being questioned over suspected
acts of looting during this week s fire
at an airport in Kenya s capital, Nairo-
bi.Investigators said some of the acts
had been caught on security cameras.
Items stolen included cash and alcohol.
The cause of Wednesday s fire at Jomo
Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA)
has not yet been determined.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has ruled
out terrorism but warned those respon-
sible would be punished.
Seven police officers, including an
inspector, are being questioned over
One investigator told Agence France-
Presse: "It is embarrassing because some
of them concentrated on looting instead
of raising alarms.
The suspects could appear in court
tomorrow, Kenya s Daily Nation news-
The fire took about four hours to bring
under control, by which time the arrivals
hall had been gutted.
The airport is a regional hub, serving
more than 16,000 passengers daily, and
its closure caused widespread disruption.
President Kenyatta said on Friday: "There
was no element of terror, no evidence
of explosions or improvised explosive
devices in this incident," adding that
"those responsible for negligence will
have to be punished".
Police looting probed in airport fire
trary arrests and deten-
tion, sexual violence
against women and chil-
dren, torture, rape, tar-
geted killings, recruit-
ment of child soldiers and
attacks, committed by
uncontrolled Seleka ele-
ments and unidentified
armed groups throughout
the country," the report
CAR has an unstable
history and is extremely
poor, though it has large
deposits of minerals
including gold and dia-
Central African Republic in chaos---UN chief
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