BAGHDAD - Senior Iraqi officials and lawmakers recommended a review of security leadership, better coordination on intelligence, and firmer treatment of detainees yesterday as anger mounted over truck bombings against key government institutions that killed nearly 100 people.
Lawmakers also called for an emergency session of Parliament next week to address the security concerns, the deputy Parliament speaker said.
Facing widespread criticism, the Iraqi military said on state television that it had arrested members of the insurgent cell responsible for Wednesday’s attacks but gave no details about the suspects.
A bombing that killed at least two people and wounded 20 yesterday at a vegetable market in southern Baghdad exposed more lapses in security after the truck used in the attack passed through an Iraqi police checkpoint without being searched, police said.
The increase in violence has shaken public confidence in Iraq’s security forces and caused some to wonder if the security transition from US to Iraqi hands is happening too rapidly.
“We still need American support for a period of time until our abilities are complete in intelligence and technical issues,’’ Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani said.