April 28 - At least 50 people were killed in Iraq as suicide bombers attack a political rally and polling stations set up for early voting for national elections. Mana Rabiee reports.
Iraqi security forces examine a police truck after a suicide bomber blew himself up in Kirkuk on Monday. Six of their colleagues were killed in the blast. They had gathered outside a polling station to cast their ballots during early voting for national elections set for Wednesday. Fifty people were killed in Iraq on Monday in scenes just like this. Suicide bombers targeted a political rally as well as polling stations set up to accommodate security forces. They'll be on duty the day of the elections so many headed early to polls on Monday to cast their vote. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) POLICEMAN, HUSSEIN FALEH, SAYING: "We still need a change for the better to be like the Gulf states or foreign countries. We are an oil (producing) country and we have wealth. Our living conditions should not be like this, we have to live a better life." Thousands of army and security forces will be on hand Wednesday when Iraq holds its first parliamentary elections since U.S. forces withdrew in 2011. The elections are a key test for the country's fledgling democracy. But they take place against a backdrop of rising violence as insurgents try to disrupt the poll.