Iraq bomb in shopping street kills 3

2014-04-18 18:35
Iraqis gather around smoke rising from a building following a double car bomb explosion southeast of Baghdad. (File, AFP)

Iraqis gather around smoke rising from a building following a double car bomb explosion southeast of Baghdad. (File, AFP)

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Baghdad - Officials in Iraq say a bomb planted on a street full of shoppers in the capital, Baghdad, has killed three people and wounded five.

Police officers say the explosion took place in the capital's predominantly Shiite neighbourhood of al-Ameen on Friday morning.

Health officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to journalists.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, but Sunni insurgent groups have stepped up attacks across the country since 2013, in a bid to undermine the Shi'ite-led government.

The uptick in violence comes at a crucial time, as Iraqis prepare to hold parliamentary elections on 30 April 30, the first such vote since US forces left Iraq in 2011.

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