At least 27 Iraqi students and police officers were killed on Tuesday by a suicide bombing carried out by two female bombers in Baghdad. The attack occurred in a classroom of students in the Baghdad Police Academy, according to a US military report. At least 32 others were wounded as well in the blast.
Also on Tuesday, Iraqi police sources revealed that the bodies of 20 Iraqis, believed to be civilians, were found in separate locations in the Anbar region of western Iraq….
Meanwhile, a statement signed by 25 prominent Muslim individuals and organizations, including Hamas and Hizbullah, called on Monday for the release of four western hostages by their Iraqi captors.
Among the signatories was Khaled Mishaal, of Hamas, and two officials of the Lebanon’s Hizbullah.
The statement, issued by the Muslim Association of Britain, stated that “Such peace activists should have been welcomed into Iraq and treated as honorable guests instead of being kidnapped and used as bargaining chips.”
Four Christian peace activists, including a Briton, an American, and two Canadians, were abducted last week in Iraq.
“While fully supporting the right of the Iraqi people to resist occupation with all legitimate means, we denounce as illegitimate any act of aggression against innocent civilians,” the statement added.
“We therefore call for the immediate release of these four hostages and of all other Western civilians kidnapped in Iraq.”
Most foreign hostages have been released after kidnapping, but around 50 have been executed, at times by beheading.
In accord with Qur’an 47:4, which directs Muslims to “strike the necks” of the unbelievers.