Bombings kill 20 people in and around Baghdad

2015-06-09 23:04
ISIS parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armoured vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. (File, AP)

ISIS parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armoured vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. (File, AP)

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Baghdad - A series of bombings targeting public places and Iraqi security forces killed 20 people in and around Baghdad on Tuesday, officials said.

The deadliest attack took place on Tuesday night, when a car bomb went off near restaurants and shop in Palestine Street in eastern Baghdad, killing 10 people, including three women. The bombing also wounded 24 people, police officials said.

Several shops and cars were burned in the attack and police sealed off the blast area.

Earlier in the day, a roadside bomb struck an army patrol in Youssifiyah, just south of the Iraqi capital, killing three soldiers and one civilian. At least eight people were wounded in that attack, the officials said.

And two separate explosions near a vegetable market and on a commercial street killed six people and wounded 21 in western Baghdad.

Medical officials in nearby hospitals confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Baghdad and outlying areas see near-daily bombings, and many of them are later claimed by the Islamic State group, which seized large parts of the country during a stunning blitz last year.

The ISIS group has been able to carry out regular attacks in and around Baghdad, mainly targeting the security forces and the country's Shi'ite majority, while battling Iraqi forces on multiple fronts elsewhere in the country.

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