Photo: A huge crater is seen at the site of Wednesday's bomb attack in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) northwest of Baghdad, January 24, 2008.
REUTERS/Stringer (IRAQ) reports:
The attack killed 20 people, wounded 150 and destroyed or badly damaged 35 houses, security officials said. That blast, blamed on al Qaeda, was in an unoccupied building used to store weapons and tonnes of explosives, the U.S. military said.
Underground Iraqi Army command blames US for deadly bombing of building in al-Mawsil’s az-Zanjili neighborhood on Wednesday, 23 January.
In a dispatch posted at 3:09pm Baghdad time Saturday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that the General Command of the Iraqi Army – which operates in the Resistance against the US occupation of the country – issued a statement on Saturday in which it denounced the bombing of a building in the az-Zanjili neighborhood of al-Mawsil, 420km northwest of Baghdad, on Wednesday afternoon, 23 January.
The statement declared that the bombing was a deliberate act carried out by US occupation forces and their Kurdish separatist Peshmergah allies. It indicated that the purpose of the attack was to try to undermine the Arab identity of al-Mawsil and Ninwa Province, in an attempt to tighten the grip of Kurdish separatists on the area.
Yaqen reported Communique No. 50 as saying: "On 23 January 2008, American occupation forces and government (Peshmergah) forces blew up a building in the az-Zanjili neighborhood in Ninwa Province without evacuating residents, an act that violates the most elementary principles of security in such situations and which resulted in the deaths of more than 40 martyrs and the wounding of 200 citizens, most of them innocent women, children and elderly persons.
"This incident was a vicious crime against our patient perseverant people, an act of contempt for the lives and property of the kindly people of al-Mawsil whose cities have been subjected to suspicious plans aimed at wiping out the identity and character of this ancient province.
"The command of the Iraqi Army, which has absolute faith in the people of Ninwa and in the first place in the sons of the authentic Iraqi Army and of the tribes, calls on them all to wreak vengeance for this act on the occupiers and their stooges, uniting their forces to frustrate their suspicious plans and to preserve the identity of the Arab province of Ninwa," the statement, dated 25 January 2008, concluded.