Iraq car bomb­ings leave scores dead

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

At least 52 people have been killed af­ter seven car bombs ripped through the Iraqi cap­i­tal Bagh­dad, sources have told Al Jazeera.

The dead­li­est blast late on Satur­day took place in the Bayaa district. It killed 23 people, many of them young people play­ing bil­liards.

Sev­eral bombs went off within the fol­low­ing hour, mostly tar­get­ing commercial streets in Shia Mus­lim neigh­bour­hoods, au­thor­i­ties said. The Reuters news agency gave a higher com­piled death toll, quot­ing se­cu­rity and med­i­cal sources say­ing the wave of bomb­ings left more than 60 people dead. More than 110 people were wounded.

Mo­sul fight­ing

The at­tacks came as se­cu­rity forces en­gaged armed groups in the north­ern city of Mo­sul. Clashes be­tween govern­ment troops and the Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant have killed at least 65 people there over the past two days.

The dead in­cluded 21 po­lice and 38 fighters, an of­fi­cer and mor­tu­ary em­ployee said.

Also on Satur­day, gun­men stormed the Univer­sity of An­bar in Ra­madi, west of Bagh­dad, and briefly took stu­dents and staff hostage.

The hostages fled to safety af­ter the armed men left and se­cu­rity forces se­cured the area. More than 900 people were killed last month across Iraq, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures separately com­piled by the United Na­tions and the govern­ment.

Of­fi­cials blame ex­ter­nal fac­tors for the ris­ing blood­shed, par­tic­u­larly the civil war in neigh­bour­ing Syria.

But an­a­lysts say wide­spread Sunni Arab anger with the Shia-led govern­ment has also been a ma­jor fac­tor.

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