The suicide bombers’ main target was a former police colonel that led the resistance to Al-Qaeda in one of its former Baghdad strongholds. He was embraced by the bomber who had posed as a friend. A few seconds later, the person stepped back and triggered the bombing according to a witness.
The second attack followed as a car bomber struck as the rescuers tried to evacuate the wounded. 28 people at least have been injured as a result of the twin bombings. This is the latest in the attacks against Sunni Arab Muslims that have joined the United States supported movement against extremists.
But Al-Qaeda’s backlash triggered works of a bigger showdown as extremists try to reclaim their turf and intimidate the councils that oppose them. In a recent audiotape, Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden said that the Sunni Arabs that join the groups will suffer in both life and in the afterlife.
The bombing attacks on Monday took place at the Sunni Endowment office entrance. This is an agency set up by the government that cares for the Sunni mosques and tribes.
Ahmed Abdul Ghafur al-Samarrai, the leader of the Sunni Endowment agency blames Osama Bin Laden for the attack.