Deadly car bombings hit Baghdad

At least 14 people killed and 31 wounded in car bombings in the Meshtal and Amiriya districts of the Iraqi capital.

    Two separate car bombings in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad have killed at least 14 people and wounded 31.

    At least eight people were killed and 15 injured on Monday in an attack on a busy commercial street in the mostly Shia Meshtal neighbourhood of eastern Baghdad.

    The second bombing took place in the city's western Amiriya district, killing at least six people and wounding 16.

    No one immediately claimed responsibility for either of the attacks.

    Baghdad is hit by near-daily bombings and shootings that kill hundreds of people each month.

    Security forces, despite being deployed at checkpoints and other positions across the capital, are consistently unable to prevent the attacks.

    The violence comes as Iraqi security forces and pro-government fighters battle to push back the armed Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, which controls large areas of territory in Syria and Iraq.

    The Iraqi operation is backed by US-led air strikes targeting ISIL in both countries, while Washington and other governments have also pledged trainers to aid Iraqi forces.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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