Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Some Give Us Hope in Iraq

"...A spate of bombings, including a suicide attack on Iraqi soldiers attending an Army Day ceremony, rocked Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 14 people and wounding 32, Iraqi officials said.

The suicide attack on the soldiers took place in Karrada neighbourhood as gifts were being handed out to troops by a civilian organisation on Army Day, an official holiday marking the 87th anniversary of the founding of the army.

US military spokesman Lieutenant Steven Stover said that according to eyewitnesses two Iraqi soldiers were killed when they flung themselves onto the attacker as he detonated his explosives.

"They absorbed some of the blast. They saved a lot of lives," Stover told AFP.

"The selfless sacrifice of the two Iraqi (soldiers) should not be forgotten," he said in a later statement. "These two Iraqi martyrs gave their lives so that others might live."

An AFP photographer who witnessed the attack said that the suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a group of soldiers who were singing and chanting outside the building where the event had taken place.

"They were dancing when the attacker exploded himself," he said. "Then the Iraqi soldiers and police opened fire wildly. Everyone fled." (source)

Unfortunately it will take many more selfless sacrifices like this to help solidify this fledgling democracy.

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