[QODLink]
Middle East
Iraqi capital hit by fatal attacks
Eleven people killed and dozens injured as car bombs and mortars hit two areas in the Iraqi capital, officials say.
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 12:09
The days leading up to the annual Eid al-Adha holiday are often marked by a spike in violence [Reuters]

A series of attacks in Shia neighbourhoods in Baghdad have killed eleven people, Iraqi officials say.

The attacks, which also wounded 32 people and damaged nearby cars and houses, struck the adjoining northern areas of Shuala and Chikouk on Tuesday morning.

The deadliest attack happened when four parked cars packed with explosives detonated simultaneously in Shuala, a police officer said.

Another police officer said two mortar rounds landed in Chikouk, killing two people and wounding 10.

An interior ministry official put the overall toll from the attacks at 11 dead.

"We were sleeping, and my daughter and son were preparing to go to school when the bomb went off," said Abu Ali, the owner of the house in Shuala that was worst hit. "Thank God no one was in the kitchen, and no one in our family was badly hurt".

The attacks came as Iraqis prepare to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which begins on Friday. The days
leading up to the annual holiday are often marked by a spike in violence.

Twelve people were killed in nationwide violence on Saturday, with the deadliest incident then also targeting a Shia area of north Baghdad.

196

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
The seizure of the Tabqa airbase highlights the Islamic State's consolidation of power in eastern Syria, analysts say.
Traditional spring festival blossoms outside India through fun runs, raves and TV commercials.
Parents unable to look after children are marrying them off at a tender age, exposing them to maternal deaths.
New measures needed as dozens of citizens fighting with Islamic State pose home-grown terror threat, PM Abbott says.
Israel has re-arrested dozens of Palestinians in the West Bank, an act a human rights group says is 'unjustified'.
join our mailing list