Bagh­dad bombs tar­get­ing Shi­ites leave 26 dead

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

BAGH­DAD: The Is­lamic State group claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for a sui­cide blast and a road­side bomb­ing that tar­geted Shi­ites in Bagh­dad yes­ter­day, killing a to­tal of 26 peo­ple and wound­ing dozens. The at­tacks came as Iraqi Kur­dish mili­tias, backed by US airstrikes, seized the town of Sin­jar from the Is­lamic State group in a ma­jor blow to the ex­trem­ists. Fol­low­ing its blitz last year, the IS - which splin­tered off from Iraq’s Al-Qaeda branch - now holds about a third of Iraq and neigh­bor­ing Syria in its self-de­clared caliphate.

The sui­cide bomber struck a me­mo­rial ser­vice held for a Shi­ite mili­tia fighter killed in bat­tle against IS in the Iraqi cap­i­tal’s south­west­ern sub­urb of Hay Al-Amal, a po­lice of­fi­cial told AP. That explosion killed 21 peo­ple and wounded at least 46, he said. The mili­tia fighter was killed in bat­tle against the mil­i­tant group in Iraq’s western An­bar prov­ince, the of­fi­cial added. Also yes­ter­day in Bagh­dad, a road­side bomb det­o­nated at a Shi­ite shrine in Sadr City, killing at least five peo­ple and wound­ing 15, po­lice of­fi­cials said. Hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials con­firmed the ca­su­alty fig­ures. All of­fi­cials spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity as they were not au­tho­rized to talk to re­porters. Since the emer­gence of IS ex­trem­ists, Bagh­dad has seen near-daily at­tacks, with road­side bombs, sui­cide blasts and as­sas­si­na­tions tar­get­ing Iraqi forces and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, with sig­nif­i­cant ca­su­al­ties among the civil­ian pop­u­la­tion. The violence has killed hun­dreds and dis­placed tens of thou­sands of Iraqis. — AP

— AFP

BAGH­DAD: An Iraqi man stands in front of a door cov­ered with shrap­nel and blood­stains af­ter a sui­cide bomber re­port­edly blew him­self up in the midst of a Shi­ite fu­neral cer­e­mony yes­ter­day.

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