- Title: IRAQ: Death toll in Iraq building blast rises to twenty five
- Date: 8th March 2010
- Summary: UR NEIGHBOURHOOD, BAGHDAD, IRAQ (MARCH 7, 2010) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF CIVIL DEFENCE MEMBERS ON TOP OF PILE OF RUBBLE, DIGGER CLEARING RUBBLE RUBBLE AND DEBRIS CIVIL DEFENCE MEMBERS ON TOP OF PILE OF RUBBLE, DIGGER CLEARING RUBBLE DESTROYED PART OF BUILDING CROWD OF PEOPLE LOOKING AT BADLY DAMAGED BUILDING CIVIL DEFENCE MEMBERS WRAPPING BODY IN BLACK BAG CIVIL DEFENCE MEMBERS CARRYING BODY AWAY ON STRETCHER BODY BEING LOADED INTO VEHICLE VARIOUS OF CIVIL DEFENCE MEMBERS TYING CHAINS AROUND LARGE PIECES OF RUBBLE ZAYOUNA NEIGHBOURHOOD, BAGHDAD, IRAQ (MARCH 7, 2010) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF DESTROYED WALL AROUND HOUSE FAMILY LOOKING AT DAMAGE
- Embargoed: 23rd March 2010 12:00
- Location: Iraq
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Crime / Law Enforcement
- Reuters ID: LVABN11CT6ZBSA6FHH8U1W5EXY65
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- Story Text: In one of the deadliest attacks in Baghdad on Sunday (March 7), 25 people were killed and another 20 wounded in a blast at a block of flats in northern Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.
Rescuers pulled bodies from the concrete rubble at the three-storey apartment block in the Ur neighbourhood, as a woman buried under the debris screamed for help. Heavy lifting machinery was brought in to try and clear the rubble and debris.
The blast was one of a series of bomb and rocket attacks across the Iraqi capital and elsewhere in the country which killed at least 38 people as voters headed to the polls to elect a new parliament.
Scores of mortar rounds, rockets and roadside bombs exploded near polling stations in a campaign to scare voters after Sunni Islamist insurgents had vowed to wreck voting for Iraq's second full-term parliament since the 2003 U.S. invasion.
Despite the violence, the U.S. military said insurgents had "fallen short" in attempts to intimidate voters. Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission said only two polling stations had to be closed briefly for security reasons.
The 96,000 U.S. troops still in Iraq stayed in the background, underscoring the waning American role in Iraq, but U.S. helicopter gunships provided aerial support.
Polls closed at 5 p.m. (1400 GMT), ending 10 hours of balloting in which 19 million people were eligible to take part. It could take three days to get results, U.N. officials say.
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