Sunday, March 13, 2005

Aljazeera.Net - Iraqis vent anger over al-Hilla attack

Aljazeera.Net - Iraqis vent anger over al-Hilla attack:

Hundreds of Iraqi Shias have staged protests in Baghdad and Karbala against the alleged involvement of a Jordanian in a devastating bombing in al-Hilla two weeks ago.

Crowds gathered outside the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad on Sunday shouting: 'No, no to Jordan, close your embassy, we do not want to see you here.'

They urged the government to file charges against the family of Raed al-Banna, who the Iraqi media says carried out a car bombing on 28 February that killed at least 118 people and wounded scores more.

They also demanded compensation for victims from Amman, which rejected the accusations against it and insisted it condemned the al-Hilla bombing, the worst single attack in Iraq since the US-led invasion in March 2003.

According to media reports, al-Banna's family organised a funeral for him during which he was a hailed as 'a martyr'.

'We condemn the act and we condemn what the family has done,' Jordanian Foreign Minister Hani Mulki said."

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