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Attacks continue in Iraq on army and police checkpoints, but the worst incident involved army recruits waiting for interviews to join the Iraqi army. The victims were young people who were trying to find means of living.
The sanctity of the month of Ramadan in Iraq did not stop the return of the war of the explosive vests. A suicide bomber attacked gathering of army recruiters who were standing in front of the old building of the defense ministry in Bab Al-Moadham central Baghdad. More than 160 were killed and injured by cold blooded attacker.
Survivors of the accident were getting evacuated to the closest hospitals. Some of them emphasized that a suicide bomber with explosive vest conducted the attack and not a booby trapped vehicle.
Iraqi Citizen, said, "We were queuing for employment requests, an unknown car approached, all the guards got busy with this car to recognize the owner, they did not know who was it, suddenly a man showed up and detonated himself at the gate of the H.Q. of the 11th division."
Eye Witness, said, "The poor men are recruiters who came morning, they’ve been spending the nights here since few days, the explosion happened and at the beginning it was not clear whether it was a car bomb or suicide bomber. More than 60 were killed and all are innocent."
This area is supposedly having stiffened security measures, because of the H.Q of the army division, but security breaches are still happening. The citizens showed their negative impression about the security situation with fears of further complications.
Iraqi Citizen, said, "There are fears especially regarding the explosions which target the gatherings of employment requests. For example, I had an interview at Al-Dourah Refinery but I am afraid to go because of the explosion on the recruiters."
Politicians put the blame on the current government, where the ongoing political crisis is only delaying the formation of the new government, and that is leading the country into new chaos.
MP Iman Muzahim, Al-Iraqia Alliance, said, "The security situation is unstable, because there is no real government and active parliament. This parliament is formed few months ago but not working yet, therefore the current government is without oversight and the security forces as well, so that we see spirits perishing and the people are fed up with the continuous explosions and killing."
This security breach is also proving the disqualification of the Iraqi security forces, and that is worrying everyone especially with the approach of the American forces withdrawal by the end of this month.
Baqi Naqed Naji, Baghdad, said, "Another explosion refers to how fragile the security situation in the country, with a message to the politicians to speed up forming the government to stop the recent wave of violence which is targeting policemen and army soldiers. Baqi Naqed Naji, Baghdad"
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