United States, Friday (5/2/2010), issued a strong condemnation of the attacks aimed at Shiite worshipers in Iraq during one week later. The U.S. also encouraged the people of Iraq to adhere to the democratic aspirations.
In the last week, as many as 100 people were killed and nearly 300 injured in three bomb attacks near the city of Karbala, Iraq’s north, which is seen as one of the most sacred places for the Shi’ites. “Attacking men, women, and children’s worship reprehensible and immoral attitude terrorists who tried to replace the hard won progress in Iraq with the violence and intimidation,” said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in a statement.
“They will not succeed destroy the will of the people of Iraq. The people of Iraq are bound to realize the promise of commitment to their democracy. No anger is better for those who launch a terror,” said U.S. Secretary of State.
Some analysts said the attack was intended to prove the weakness of the government’s Shiite-dominated today. While some believe, those who were behind the attacks want to create sectarian divisions before the next general election.
While the parliamentary elections scheduled for March 7 so close, many analysts expect will increase unrest in the country.
Bomb attack on the last day of commemoration day of mourning for Imam Hussein bin Ali RA on the Day of Ashura in the Iraqi Shi’ite pilgrims killed 41 and injured more than 140 people, Friday, in what was allegedly carried out by Al Qaeda and groups loyal to Saddam Hussein.
Karbala governor said the mortar shell hit a crowd of people when the congregation moved back from the Shia holy city of these, 110 miles south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, where more than one million followers of Shia have gathered to commemorate the Day of Arba `in.
Arba `in marking the 40th day after the commemoration of Ashura, the 10th of Muharram, when Imam Hussein, who is seen as one of the Shia Imam, was killed by the army of Caliph Yazid I in 680 AD
Local police said the mortar shells fell on the crowd of pilgrims on the edge of the city of Karbala as they will die of it.
A series of suicide attacks have killed many of the pilgrims in recent days. As many as 30,000 police and military personnel on duty in Karbala after a series of attacks.
On Monday, a woman suicide bomber blew himself up in the crowd of pilgrims near Baghdad, an attack that killed 41 people, including several women and children, and injured more than 100 people.
Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Askari said the female bombers had come from Diyala province northeast of Baghdad, which in the past has been a stronghold of Al Qaeda, whose members are still roaming the area.
Office of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has accused followers of Baath Party, the leadership of Saddam, as the perpetrators of these attacks. “We consider the Baath Party followers and their allies, Tafkiri, responsible for the murder,” he said.