Bagh­dad faces un­rest again

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Due to series bomb­ings in the Iraqi cap­i­tal city of Bagh­dad, at least 33 peo­ple have been killed and dozens in­jured.

Re­ports say at least six car bombs ex­ploded across the city, one close to the heav­ily for­ti­fied Green Zone.

Another blast killed at least seven peo­ple near a bus sta­tion in Bagh­dad's north­ern Khadamiyah dis­trict.

The bomb­ings fol­low a series of deadly at­tacks across Iraq dur­ing the Mus­lim holy month of Ra­madan.

They also come a day af­ter two ex­plo­sions in the city of Baquba, north-east of Bagh­dad, killed at least 14 peo­ple and wounded another 26. One of the bombs det­o­nated in a cafe near the city cen­tre and the other in a street.

Thurs­day's at­tacks in­cluded a blast about 300m from Bagh­dad's Green Zone where many diplo­matic build­ings are lo­cated, Reuters news agency said. At least four peo­ple were killed.

The bomb­ings re­port­edly hit both Shia-ma­jor­ity and Shi­aSunni mixed ar­eas of the cap­i­tal.

Re­cent months have seen a surge in vi­o­lence across Iraq, most of it in­volv­ing Sunni Is­lamist mil­i­tant groups tar­get­ing Shia Mus­lim dis­tricts. How­ever, Sunni ar­eas have also been hit.

Ca­su­alty fig­ures re­leased by the United Na­tions showed 1,057 Iraqis - most of them civil­ians - were killed last month.

The blood­shed in Iraq peaked dur­ing the height of the in­sur­gency in 2006-7, but the UN fig­ures make July the dead­li­est month for years.

The lat­est at­tacks came a day af­ter Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter Nouri al-Ma­liki vowed to con­tinue tar­get­ing and ar­rest­ing in­sur­gent groups. He said the govern­ment will "never give up con­fronting ter­ror­ism."

Iraqi se­cu­rity forces have im­posed tight se­cu­rity mea­sures in and around the cap­i­tal since two brazen jail­breaks in July, but so far these mea­sures have failed to stop the at­tacks.

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