Iraq: At least 10 killed in blast at Shia neighborhoods in Baghdad

Iraq: At least 10 killed in blast at Shia neighborhoods in Baghdad

At least 10 people were killed and 22 others wounded in two car bomb attacks yesterday that targeted predominately Shia neighborhoods in Baghdad, police and medical sources said.

Ahlul Bayt News Agency - At least 10 people were killed and 22 others wounded in two car bomb attacks yesterday that targeted predominately Shia neighborhoods in Baghdad, police and medical sources said.

Six civilians were killed when a car packed with explosives was detonated in the northeastern district of Sadr City. Twelve others were wounded in the crowded residential neighborhood, the sources said.

Later in the day, a car bomb exploded in the northern Al Husseiniya district, killing four people and wounding 11.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Shias are often targeted by Islamist insurgents the government is struggling to dislodge from large swathes of the country’s north and west.     

Elsewhere, at least 13 security personnel were killed in a suicide car bombing in the eastern province of Diyala that bore the hallmarks of the so-called Islamic State extremist group, police said.

Nine others were wounded in the attack that targeted police and allied Shia paramilitaries in a mountainous area of Diyala, about 57km northeast of Baghdad.

A security official said that initial investigations showed the bombing was carried out by an so-called Islamic State militant with the nom de guerre of Fadal al-Maghrabi (the Moroccan).

The Al Qaeda breakaway group has not claimed responsibility for the attack. Last month, at least 120 Shiite people were killed in a car bombing in Diyala claimed by terrorists of the so-called Islamic State.




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