[QODLink]
Middle East

Deadly blasts hit Iraqi capital

At least 11 people killed in bombings near police checkpoints and a restaurant in Baghdad.

Last Modified: 06 May 2013 17:10
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Two bombs exploded near police checkpoints, and a third targeted a restaurant [Reuters]

At least 11 people have been killed in three bomb explosions in the Iraqi capital, medics and police say.

Two car bombs exploded on Monday near police checkpoints at the entrance to the predominantly Shia Muslim district of Hussainiya in the north of Baghdad, killing one policeman and seven civilians.

A third bomb near a restaurant frequented by police killed three civilians in the southern district of Doura, medics and police said.

Spotlight
Follow Al Jazeera coverage of the past decade

At least 33 people were wounded in the three attacks.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blasts.

Iraq has become increasingly volatile with fragile relations between Sunni and Shia Muslims under strain from the largely sectarian civil war in neighbouring Syria. Tensions are at their highest since US troops pulled out of Iraq at the end of 2011.

Iraq is home to a number of armed Sunni Muslim groups including a local al-Qaeda affiliate that has launched regular attacks to undermine the Shia-led government and provoke wider confrontation.

Violence is still well below its height in 2006-07. But April was the bloodiest month since 2008, with 712 people killed in bombings and other violence, the UN Iraq mission said last week.

About 1,500 people have been killed this year.

207

Source:
Reuters
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.