Iraq: Wave of bomb attacks in Baghdad kill at least 17

Fifth attack on Iraqi capital in a day hits Shia neighbourhood as brief respite from violence in Baghdad ends.

    Until recent weeks, attacks in the Iraqi capital have been rare since last summer [Khalid al Mousily/Baghdad]
    Until recent weeks, attacks in the Iraqi capital have been rare since last summer [Khalid al Mousily/Baghdad]

    A parked car bomb exploded in Baghdad's northwestern neighbourhood of Hurriyah on Sunday, killing at least 10 Iraqis and wounding 34 others, police said.

    The bombing, which hit a popular fruit and vegetable market in a commercial street of the predominantly Shia neighbourhood, was the fifth blast of the day in Iraq's capital.

    The day's casualty toll from the attacks in Baghdad was 17 dead and more than 60 wounded.

    Earlier, improvised explosive devices killed three people and wounded 10 others at a popular market in the Shaab neighbourhood in northern Baghdad. Another two blasts at traders' markets in the Topchi and Zataria areas killed four and injured 16.

    A fourth bomb, planted in a microbus in the poorer Sadr City district, caused no deaths but wounded six.

    READ MORE: Death toll from Baghdad blast rises to more than 281

    The officials - police and medical sources - who confirmed the bombings spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorised to brief reporters.

    The attacks come just a day after a suicide bomber from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group targeted an aid station for Shia pilgrims, killing at least seven and wounding more than 20.

    No one claimed immediate responsibility for Sunday's bombings but ISIL, also known as ISIS, often targets Iraq's Shia Muslims.

    Attacks in the capital have been rare since last summer. The renewed violence in Baghdad comes as several forces try to take the northern city of Mosul, ISIL's last major urban bastion in Iraq, from the hardline group.

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    SOURCE: Associated Press


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