Tuesday 17 October 2017

Dozens killed in Baghdad bombings

Iraqis clean up the site of a suicide bombing in the capital's south-eastern neighbourhood of New Baghdad. (AP)
Iraqis clean up the site of a suicide bombing in the capital's south-eastern neighbourhood of New Baghdad. (AP)

A series of bombings in the Iraqi capital has killed more than three dozen people hours before the city's long-time curfew was set to come to an end.

The deadliest attack happened in the New Baghdad section of the city. Police officials said a suicide bomber targeted a street filled with hardware stores, killing 22 people and wounding at least 45.

A second attack took place shortly afterwards in central Baghdad's popular Shorja market. Police said two devices detonated 25 metres apart, killing at least 11 people and wounding 26.

At the Abu Cheer market on a Shiite block of south-western Baghdad, at least four people were killed and 15 wounded when a bomb detonated outside an outdoor food market.

Hospital officials confirmed the casualties.

The attacks came after prime minister Haider al-Abadi moved to lift Iraq's curfew, from midnight on Sunday.

Baghdad has remained relatively calm amid a rampage in northern and western Iraq by the al Qaida-inspired Islamic State group. Recent bombings have frequently targeted Shiite-majority areas in the capital, but the violence has been considerably subdued from the darkest days of sectarian bloodletting in 2006 and 2007.

Iraqi officials have repeatedly assured that the capital is secure, despite the occasional targeting of Baghdad's Shiite-majority neighbourhoods by the Sunni militant group.

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