Deadly bomb attacks hit Baghdad

2013-05-06 18:36
Security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, Iraq. (File, AP)

Security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, Iraq. (File, AP)

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Baghdad — Two car bombs blew up in a Baghdad suburb, killing six people in the deadlier of two attacks on Monday that left at least 10 dead in the Iraqi capital.

The two parked car bombs exploded simultaneously in a street in Husseinya, killing five civilians and as well as a policeman at a nearby checkpoint, two police officers said. It was not clear what they were targeting. Twenty-one other people, including 17 civilians, were wounded, they added.

Hussainya is located about 25km outside central Baghdad.

Inside Baghdad, a bomb went off outside a restaurant at lunchtime in the southern Dora neighbourhood, two other police officers said. Four customers at the restaurant were killed and 11 people wounded, they added.

Two doctors in nearby hospitals confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to release information.

The attacks came a day after nine people were killed in series of explosions in and around Baghdad, one targeting an internet cafe. Businesses and public spaces are favourite targets for militants seeking large numbers of civilian casualties.

Violence has spiked in Iraq following a deadly security crackdown on a camp in northern Iraq run by Sunnis, protesting what they consider to be their second-class treatment by the Shi'ite-led government. Government investigators say the 23 April incident left 40 people dead, while a spate of follow-up attacks and battles has killed well over 200 more.

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