Iraq: media garble sectarian slaughter

At least 28 people were killed—including women and schoolgirls—and dozens wounded in a triple bombing in a Baghdad market on Nov. 10, the deadliest attack to rock the Iraqi capital in months. The attackers first detonated a car bomb, blowing up a bus full of schoolgirls; minutes later a suicide bomber ran into the resulting crowd and blew himself up. A third explosion around 30 yards from the first two tore through the market moments later.

AFP identifies the scene of the attack as “Sunni district of Adhamiyah.” The Guardian and The Scotsman call it “the mostly Shiite Kasrah section of the Azamiyah district.” The New York Times has it as “a mixed Sunni and Shiite neighborhood in the Adhamiya district.”

In a separate attack in Baquba, the capital of northern Diyala province, a 13-year-old girl in a suicide bomb vest blew herself up at a US checkpoint, killing five Iraqi guards and wounding 18. (London Times, Nov. 11; The Guardian, Nov. 10)

See our last post on sectarian terror in Iraq.