IRAQ



40 die in string of attacks



Iraqi insurgents unleashed a string of bombings and other attacks primarily targeting the country’s Shiite community on Saturday, leaving at least 40 dead. The bloodshed appeared to be the worst in Iraq since Sept. 9, when insurgents launched a wave of bombings and other attacks that left at least 92 dead in one of the country’s bloodiest days this year. Authorities had increased security in hopes of preventing attacks during the four-day Eid al-Adha celebrations, when people are off work and families gather in public places.



SUDAN



Images suggest airstrike



Satellite images of the aftermath of an explosion at a Sudanese weapons factory this past week suggest the site was hit in an airstrike, a U.S. monitoring group said Saturday. The Sudanese government has accused Israel of bombing its Yarmouk military complex in Khartoum, killing two people and leaving the factory in ruins. The images released by the Satellite Sentinel Project on Saturday showed six 52-foot wide craters near the epicenter of Wednesday’s explosion at the compound. The target may have been about 40 shipping containers seen at the site in earlier images. The group said the craters center on the area where the containers had been stacked. It did not comment on the allegations of Israeli involvement or who might be behind the strikes.



PERU



More clashes at market



Hundreds of food sellers clashed Saturday with Peruvian police for the second time in three days over the government’s attempt to move the country’s biggest wholesale market to another part of Lima. Two civilians were reported dead after the riot, and 27 people were injured. A similar battle Thursday resulted in the deaths of two civilians and injuries for 68 police officers. Authorities want to close the huge La Parada food market, which sprawls over 7.4 acres in Lima’s downtown. Officials ordered vendors to move to a new market in the eastern part of the capital by mid-September, but they refused. On Thursday, officials installed huge concrete blocks to prevent cargo trucks from entering La Parada.



Compiled from wire reports.