Iraq Rocks

Iraq: Islamic jihadists set off car bomb targeting shoppers, murdering 17

A car bomb exploded on Saturday in a crowded street in a city north of Iraq’s capital, killing 17 people and wounding 35. The blast in Samarra came as people shopped ahead of the biggest Muslim holiday of the year, Eid al-Adha, which begins later this week.–Al Arabiya(JW)

coffin_2694338bA bomb hit a police van protecting a polio vaccination team in northwest Pakistan on Monday, killing two people and wounding 20 others, the latest in a string of attacks against health workers.

When they don’t murder volunteers who administer Polio they kill whoever is willing to help:

Pakistan: Islamic jihadists attack earthquake relief workers

Jihadists once again siding with death and destruction over life and human well-being. “Earthquake damage assessment: Attacks on relief convoys forcing change in plan, says official,” by Umer Nangiana for the Express Tribune, October 7 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Terrorist attacks on relief convoys and threats to the security of personnel involved in the relief process have made authorities concerned to change their plan for formal damage assessment in Balochistan’s earthquake affected areas.

Red Cross members kidnapped in Syria

“Gunmen” kidnapped a team of seven workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross, according to ICRC spokesman.

Israel freezes shipments to Gaza over tunnel