US Blames Iran-backed Shiites for Bomb

An Iraqi policeman stands at the site where a parked car bomb killed four people in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, June 9, 2008. Police say the bomb targeted a passing police patrol in the Karrada neighborhood around 11:15 a.m. Monday. An army lieutenant was among the dead. At least seven other people were wounded, and many cars and shops were damaged. (AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban)
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Baghdad (AP) The death toll has risen to 63 in a massive Baghdad car bombing.

The U.S. Is blaming a Shiite militant “special group” for yesterday's attack. A military spokesman says the group was trying to re-ignite sectarian violence that swept through the area 18 months ago.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast. But it took place in a Shiite neighborhood that was the scene of some of the bloodiest sectarian violence in 2006. That led to speculation that Sunni extremists may have been behind the bombing.

The U.S. Uses the term “special groups” to describe Shiite extremists backed by Iran.

The attack is the deadliest in Baghdad since early March. The Iraqi government says the bombing will stiffen its resolve “to defeat the terrorists and to maintain the security achievements.”