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Iraq Bombing Mayhem Targets Election Security

Tuesday, 08 December 2009 09:44 AM

A series of four bombings hit Baghdad in quick succession on Tuesday, killing at least 103 people and wounding more than 190. Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks,

Iraqi government officials speculate that the attacks were aimed to rattle public trust in the government ahead of general elections in February. Just two days ago, the Iraqi parliament passed a key law that will facilitate elections.

The explosions targeted multiple government buildings throughout the capital, including the Ministry of Interior building, a training academy for judges, and a police patrol. This is the third major multiple car bomb attack in Baghdad since August. While overall violence has declined in the past 18 months, small-scale bombings have occurred consistently throughout the capital.

For Iraqi government officials who have touted the country's security gains, the attacks come as an "embarrassment," reports Al Jazeera. Though security has been heightened in preparation for the elections, one Iraqi government official told Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr that there are still serious concerns that insurgents continue to infiltrate Iraqi security forces.

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