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At Least Eight Bomb Attacks Hit Iraq

The aftermath of one of the car-bomb attacks in Baghdad today (epa) March 6, 2006 -- A wave of attacks across Iraq claimed more lives today.

The bloodiest attack came in the town of Ba'qubah, northeast of Baghdad, where a car bomb killed six people and injured more than 20.

Ba'quba, a mixed Sunni-Shi'ite city, has been at the forefront of a surge of sectarian violence sparked by the February 22 bombing of a revered Shi'ite shrine in the central city of Samarra.

In Mahmudiya, south of Baghdad, two car bombs killed three people and injured five. One of the cars was driven by a suicide bomber.

At least five separate car bombs struck different areas of Baghdad today, killing at least three people and wounding more than 20.

The wave of attacks came as President Jalal Talabani announced he would convene Iraq's new parliament on March 12.

(AP, Reuters)

Reactions To The Samarra Attack

Reactions To The Samarra Attack
Demonstrators in Baghdad on February 23 (epa)

Iraqi religious and government leaders, as well as international officials, condemned the February 22 bomb attack that wrecked the Golden Mosque, a major Shi'ite Muslim shrine in Samarra. Below is a selection of statements on the incident.

"This new ugly crime comes as a warning that there is a conspiracy against the Iraqi people to spark a war among brothers. God willing, we will not allow this.... We must cooperate and work together against this danger, the danger of civil war. This is the fiercest danger because it threatens our unity and our country with a devastating civil war." -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani

"The timing of this crime indicates that one of its aims is to stall the political process and to hamper the negotiations on the formation of a national-unity government." -- President Talabani

"I announce on this occasion three days of mourning. I hope our heroic people will take more care on this occasion to bolster Islamic unity and protect Islamic brotherhood and Iraqi national brotherhood." -- Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'fari

"Oh honorable people of Samarra! We should stand as one, united in confronting terrorism.... This assault is an assault on all Muslims." -- Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jabur

"They will fail to draw the Iraqi people into civil war as they have failed in the past." -- Iraqi National Security Adviser Muwaffaq al-Rubay'i

"If the security systems are unable to secure necessary protection, the believers are able to do so with the might of God." -- Shi'ite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani

"We will not only condemn and protest but we will act against those militants. If the Iraqi government does not do its job to defend the Iraqi people we are ready to do so." -- Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, speaking through spokesman Abdel Hadi al-Darajee

(compiled by Reuters)

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