Thursday 19 April 2018

15 killed in spate of attacks across Baghdad

Smoke rises after explosions in eastern Baghdad (AP)
Smoke rises after explosions in eastern Baghdad (AP)

A series of attacks across Baghdad have killed 15 people and wounded more than 50, according to Iraqi officials.

The attacks underscore the poor security situation in the Iraqi capital, which has seen several large-scale attacks recently, including a July shopping centre bombing that killed nearly 300 people.

At least three rockets landed in eastern Baghdad on Friday morning, killing five people and wounding 15, police officials said. The attack hit a weapons storage facility, according to a reporter at the scene.

Residents said the weapons belonged to the powerful Shiite militia group Asaib Ahl al-Haq and militia members were present at the scene.

In the predominantly Sunni neighbourhood of Ghazaliya, a bomb struck a shopping street, killing two people and wounding eight, police said.

Bomb attacks on two fruit and vegetable markets killed five people and wounded 20, officials from the Interior Ministry said, and another bombing in a commercial area in western Baghdad killed three people and wounded eight, according to police and hospital officials.

Friday marked the martyrdom anniversary of the ninth Shiite Imam. In Baghdad pilgrims descended on the Kadhimiya shrine to commemorate the day, but none of the attacks wounded pilgrims or hit near the shrine.

No group immediately claimed the attacks, but Islamic State has often said it was behind deadly bombings targeting Shiite civilians in the Iraqi capital, including the July shopping centre attack.

Iraq's army has pushed IS militants out of the major cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, and the government has pledged that it will retake Mosul, the country's second largest city, from IS by the end of this year.

Late on Thursday, an attack on Iraqi security forces killed nine fighters and wounded 15, according to Karim al-Nouri, spokesman for Iraq's government-sanctioned mainly Shiite militias, known as the Popular Mobilisation Forces. He said Shiite fighters were among the dead.


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