Middle East
Iraq hit by series of fatal bombings
At least 15 killed and 20 others wounded in explosions in Baghdad and near Abu Ghraib, according to Iraqi officials.
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2011 01:13

A roadside bombing near the central town of Abu Ghraib and several explosions in the centre of Baghdad have killed at least 15 people and wounded 20 others, according to Iraqi officials.

At least eight people were killed and 13 injured on Saturday after a minibus transporting construction workers hit an improvised explosive device near Abu Ghraib, an interior ministry official said at the time.

"Three bombs exploded one after the other. I saw a woman, who was serving tea to customers, lose a leg in one of the explosion"

- Iraqi vendor

The ministry official said that the road where the attack occurred is frequently used by the Iraqi armed forces.

A health official at Abu Ghraib general hospital confirmed the casualty figures, while a police source said that two bombs had exploded minutes apart in the village of al-Zaidan.

"It was a roadside bomb that went off near a pick-up carrying construction workers in Zobaa village west of Abu Ghraib," he said.

Three bombs also exploded in Tahrir Square in the Baab al-Sharqi area of central Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 20 others, officials said at the time. The predominantly Shia area is popular with street vendors selling CDs and other items.

"Three bombs exploded one after the other. I saw a woman, who was serving tea to customers, lose a leg in one of the explosions," a young vendor selling clothes near the site told the Associated Press.

Violence has ebbed across Iraq, but deadly bombings and shootings still occur almost daily as US troops prepare to leave by the end of the year.

Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
More than 400 gaming dens operate on native lands, but critics say social ills and inequality stack the deck.
The Palestinian president is expected to address the UN with a new proposal for the creation of a Palestinian state.
Nearly 1,200 aboriginal females have been killed or disappeared over 30 years with little justice served, critics say.
Ethnic violence has wracked China's restive Xinjiang region, leading to a tight government clampdown.
Malay artists revitalise the art of puppeteering by fusing tradition with modern characters such as Darth Vader.