Tuesday 16 January 2018

Deadliest Iraq violence in five years kills at least 53


A WAVE of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq killed at least 53 people in mostly Shi'itmajority cities yesterday.

Iraq is experiencing its deadliest bout of violence since 2008, raising fears the country is returning to a period of widespread killing such as that which pushed it to the brink of civil war following the 2003 US-led invasion.

Yesterday's deadliest attack was in the city of Hillah, 60 miles south of Baghdad, where a car bomb near an outdoor market killed nine civilians and wounded 15 others, a police officer said. A few minutes later, another car bomb went off nearby, killing six civilians and wounding 14, he added.

In the nearby town of Iskandariyah, another car bomb hit a parking lot, killing four civilians. In an industrial area of the Shiite city of Karbala, another car bomb went off, killing five and wounding 25, a police officer said.

In Kut, another Shi'ite-dominated city, a car bomb targeted construction workers and food stalls, killing two, a provincial police officer said. Seven more civilians were killed when four separate car bombs ripped through the towns of Suwayrah and Hafriyah In Baghdad's northern Sunni-dominated Azamiyah neighbourhood, a car bomb that exploded near the convoy of the head of Baghdad's provincial council killed three police said. Two other car bombs hit the southern cities of Basra and Nasiriyah, killing eight civilians and wounding 26. And two more civilians were killed when a bomb hit a police patrol in Baghdad's Sunni western suburb of Abu Ghraib. To the northeast of Baghdad, in Abu Sayda, gunmen killed three Sunni farmers, police said

Meanwhile, police found the bodies of four Sunni men killed with gunshots to the head in in Baghdad's southern Youssifiyah suburb.

Irish Independent

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