Blasts kill 35 in Iraq, warn new wave of violence (2)

08:53, April 07, 2010      

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"All Iraqis want a government that is to be capable of providing security and stability, along with basic services," said Allawi, surrounded by his supporters at the scene of the blood donation.

However, Qassim Atta, spokesman of the Baghdad Operation Command, blamed the al-Qaida militants and remnants of outlawed Saddam Hussien's Baath party members for being behind the latest waves of deadly attacks during the past three days.

"We are in a state of war with the remnants of terrorists from Qaida and loyalists of the former regime," Atta told state-run television Iraqia.

He said the attacks were aimed at disrupting security situation and paralyzing the political process in the country as the Iraqi parties are struggling to form a new government.

He also confirmed that police experts defused two more booby- trapped bombs in the Chikok area.

Iraqi civil defense and security forces have participated in removing debris from the collapsed buildings looking for possible survivors, Atta said, adding that the Iraqi troops sealed off several areas in Baghdad to secure scenes and pave the way for ambulances to transport the victims to hospitals.

Massive deadly attacks are still common in Iraq a month after the country held its landmark parliamentary election which is widely expected to shape the political landscape of the war-torn country.

However, observers warn that a political turmoil will destabilize the country and could bring it to the brink of civil war again like what happened in 2006 and 2007.

The spike of violence would also complicate Iraq's situation as the U.S. troops in Iraq are slated to be cut by half at the end of August and to fully withdraw by the end of next year.

Source: Xinhua

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