15 Jan 2010

Death sentences for Iraq truck bombers

8:54 am on 15 January 2010

A court has sentenced 11 Iraqis to death by hanging for planning and carrying out truck bombings in Baghdad last August that killed 95 people and wounded more than 1,000.

The bombs targeted Iraq's heavily-guarded foreign and finance ministries.

The blasts, which shattered government ministries and other targets at the heart of Iraq's Shi'ite-led government, occurred a month and a half after United States troops withdrew from urban centres.

A parliamentary security committee this week reported that elements in the Iraqi security forces were complicit in the blast and two other major bombings in Baghdad.