Iraq says deaths from Tuesday's bombings 'lower'

Iraqi officials said the death toll from car bombings on Tuesday was lower than earlier reported, citing 77 deaths in attacks.

Iraq says deaths from Tuesday's bombings 'lower'

Iraqi officials said the death toll from car bombings on Tuesday was lower than earlier reported, citing 77 deaths in attacks apparently intended to undermine Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ahead of March polls.

Several police sources on Tuesday told Reuters at least 112 people had died and 425 were wounded in the attacks on a court, a judicial training centre, a building used as a temporary home for the bombed out Finance Ministry, and a police checkpoint.

Other international and local media, using similar police sources, reported a death toll as high as 127.

The casualties have therefore become politically sensitive ahead of an election due on March 7.

Baghdad security spokesman Major General Qassim al-Moussawi said 77 people were killed on Tuesday across Baghdad by at least four explosions caused by suicide bombers in cars -- the third major, coordinated assault on the Iraqi capital in four months.

"I talked to the health minister a while ago and he issued a statement from the Health Ministry stating that 77 people were killed," Moussawi told Reuters. He said 513 people were wounded.

Casualty figures in Iraq have long been notoriously difficult to pin down, partly due to the dangers of gathering information in a blast zone and the confusion that accompanies a major catastrophe. Record-keeping in Iraq is haphazard at best.


Reuters

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