At least 70 people have been killed in Iraq today, as the country’s wave of suicide bomb attacks continues. In Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit an explosion struck a crowd of mainly Shi’ite jobseekers. At least 33 people died in the attack and 80 were wounded. An Iraqi militant group has claimed responsibility in a message on the internet. It accused the migrant labourers from the south of the country of working at US bases.
Suicide bomb attacks have struck several other cities, taking to nearly 400 the number of Iraqis killed by insurgents since a new government was sworn in two weeks ago.
US forces are involved in operations against militants in the Anbar region, including in Fallujah and Ramadi, with claims many of the attacks are being organised by foreign Islamist fighters. Officials are also investigating the explosion of a gas pipeline supplying a fertiliser factory in Basra, in the south of Iraq. At least 45 people have been hurt, and some earlier reports said people had been killed.