Iraq bombings leave several dead

At least eight people killed in series of blasts across Baghdad and Mosul.

    Plumes of smoke rose above the sites of the  explosions on Tuesday morning [AFP]

    "It's just outside the Green Zone, which is a big challenge for the security [officials] who are inside the Green Zone and inside the parliament."

    The heavily protected Green Zone houses key offices of the Iraqi government as well as the US and British embassies.

    Mosul blasts

    Soon afterwards, four people were killed in separate attacks in the northern city of Mosul, where bombers targeted two churches.

    At least 40 people were injured, among them schoolchildren, police and medics said.

    in depth

      Interview: 'Iraq lacks effective intelligence'
      Inside Iraq: Iraq's internal dilemma

    One bomb struck the Syrian Catholic Church of the Annunciation in the north of the city. The second, a car bomb, hit the Syrian Orthodox Church of Purity and a nearby Christian school in the city centre, police said.

    The blasts came a week after suicide bombers targeted government buildings in Baghdad on December 8 and killed 127 people.

    Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, faced questions in parliament last week over those attacks.

    He blamed the recent bombings on political discord, saying that disputes between political groups were putting the nation's security at risk.

    He also criticised legislators for failing to provide enough money for security. Parliamentarians instead pointed to a lack of co-ordination between ministries.

    Tuesday's Baghdad bombings were the fourth wave of co-ordinated attacks in four months to target official buildings in the Iraqi capital despite the security measures in place.

    On October 25, the justice ministry and a provincial office were attacked, with blasts killing 153 people and injuring more than 500.

    On August 19, more than 100 people were killed and hundreds injured at the foreign and finance ministries.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.