Series of Blasts Kill 76 in Baghdad

180 wounded; France grants asylum to Christians
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2010 2:34 PM CDT
Series of Blasts Kill 76 in Baghdad
Iraqi princess Dr. Nessrine the granddaughter of the Iraqi king Faisal I ben-al-Sharif Hussein al-Hashimi, lights a candle for the victims who were killed Sunday when gunmen stormed a church in Baghdad during mass and took the entire congregation hostage, during a vigil at the Martyrs square in Beirut,...   (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

At least 13 separate attacks pounded Baghdad's Shiite neighborhoods today, killing 76 and wounding nearly 200, the AP reports. The assault was highly organized, with mortar attacks coordinated with bomb-rigged cars and roadside mines. Coming just two days after a hostage crisis at a Catholic church that left 58 dead, the attack underscores the continued difficulties Iraq's security forces face in protecting the populace.

In one devastating attack, a bomb inside a parked car near a popular market in a Sadr City neighborhood killed 15 and wounded 23. The violence came after hundreds of mourners packed a service for those people murdered in Sunday's church siege. Meanwhile, France agreed to grant asylum to 150 Iraqi Christians, some of whom were wounded in the attack.
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