WASHINGTON — Car bombs and suicide attacks are now becoming the norm in a chaotic Iraq. Reuters reports that these violent attacks killed at least 21 people.
The bombs and attacks tore through several local markets in two Iraqi towns and some say that it is the work of the Iraqi al-Qaeda branch, set on causing a civil war between Sunni and Shi’a Muslims. No one claimed responsibility for the attacks.
A triple blast hit one marketplace hard and occurred almost simultaneously. Witness Hassan Hadi, a farmer, said:
“I was selling watermelon and suddenly I heard a powerful blast at the entrance to the market. I fled from the dust and smoke when a second blast turned the place into hell…I was hit in my leg and lay down in shock.”
The recent uptick in violence tries to divide the Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, in addition to possible Iranian influence in instigating these attacks. It is sad to note that this is a familiar occurrence in post-U.S. Iraq as we at AIM have reported in the past several months.