Wave of Attacks In Iraq Kills Over 60 People


Time: 4:58 p.m. CEST

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Over 60 people died and more than 100 were injured after three bombings happened in Baghdad on Tuesday, as police and medical sources said to Reuters. Islamic State group claimed a suicide attack in a marketplace in the mainly Shiite Muslim district of al-Shaab, which killed 38 people and wounded over 70. Islamic State group in an online statement said “one of its fighters targeted Shiite militiamen with hand grenades and a suicide vest.”

In the aftermath of the two other attacks, no group claimed the responsibility. Reuters informs, a spokesman for the Baghdad Operations Command said to the state television, “the attacker in the al-Shaab neighborhood had detonated an explosives-filled vest in coordination with a planted bomb. “An initial investigation revealed, “The bomber was a woman.”

Another car bomb in nearby Shiite Sadr City, Reuters reports, “left at least 19 more dead and 17 wounded. In the third attack, a car bomb exploded in the mixed Shiite-Sunni southern neighborhood of al-Rasheed. The blast killed six and wounded 21. The last-week attacks, also claimed by Islamic State militants killed over 100 people.

The attacks raise the pressure on Prime minister Haider al-Abadi to find solution to the political crisis. The attempt to make changes in the cabinet slows the fight against the Islamic State militants. The political crisis leaves more space for insurgent attacks on civilians.

The United Nations’ Special Representatives for Iraq, Jan Kubis said the deadlock and civil unrest could threaten progress of re-gaining of territory from Islamic State group, the Independent reports.

The Independent recalls on the attacks, which occurred last week in Iraq:

  • More than 100 people were killed in 24 hours of blasts that started on Wednesday morning with a car bomb in a crowded market, followed by two more blasts in the afternoon and a twin suicide bombing at dawn the following day.
  • On Thursday night, Isis militants burst into a café filled with Real Madrid fans in the city of Balad and opened fire, killing at least 13 people.
  • Four separate bomb attacks on Sunday left at least 15 victims dead on the fifth straight day of atrocities claimed by the terrorist group.
  • The same day also saw an Isis assault on a natural gas plant north of Baghdad, sparking hours of battles with security forces before militants were driven back.
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