Deputy PM Stable Day After Bomb Attack
(VOA) — Iraq’s deputy prime minister, injured in an assassination
attempt, was in stable condition and moved out of a Baghdad intensive
care unit. Meanwhile, insurgents killed and injured several people in
two separate Baghdad attacks, despite the on-going security
crackdown in the
minister, Doctor Ali al-Shummari, told Iraqi television
that Deputy Prime Minister Salam al-Zubaie’s condition is improving.
The minister underwent surgery at a U.S. military-run
hospital to remove shrapnel from his lungs.
He said Zubaie’s
condition is stable and doctors removed his
breathing tubes. He said he hoped the minister would be well
enough to be discharged in the next few days.
injured at his Baghdad compound when one of his entourage
detonated an explosives belt, killing nine people and injuring
Zubaie and several others. A few minutes later, a car parked
inside the compound also exploded.
One of the
minister’s brothers and one of his advisers were among the
on state-run television, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
said an investigation is being conducted into how the bomber
was able to get explosives inside the compound undetected.
said the attack against Zubaie, a Sunni Arab, proves that the
enemies of democracy and change in Iraq are determined to target
those who are working hard for the country. He said Zubaie
was very active against groups like al-Qaida.
In an Internet
posting, the Islamic State of Iraq, a group linked to al-Qaida
in Iraq, claimed responsibility for the attack against the
deputy prime minister. The group also claimed the mortar strike
on Baghdad’s Green Zone that landed directly outside
the building where U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Mr.
Maliki were holding a news conference.
of the claims could not be verified.
despite a security crackdown in the capital, terrorists carried
out two deadly attacks in southern Baghdad.
truck bomber struck a police station in a mainly Sunni area,
killing and injuring several officers and civilians. Earlier,
in a Shi’ite enclave, a mortar attack killed three people and
wounded several others.
Iran, a report from the country’s semi-official Fars agency
says 15 British sailors and marines seized by the Iranian
navy in disputed waters off Iraq have been transferred to Tehran.
that the British detainees are being asked to explain what
Iranian officials call their "blatant aggression." The
agency quotes Iranian officials as saying the British navy
knowingly and illegally entered Iranian territorial waters,
and readings from the computerized navigational equipment aboard
the seized British boats proves it.
had just finished searching a merchant vessel when they and
their two boats were surrounded and escorted by Iranian ships
into Iranian territorial waters. The British government has
demanded their immediate and safe return.