Attacks across Baghdad kill 15, wound over 50
BAGHDAD — A series of attacks across Baghdad, including an explosion at a weapons warehouse that set off munitions and sent a huge plume of smoke over the Iraqi capital, killed 15 people and wounded over 50 Friday, authorities said.
The attacks underscore the poor security situation in the Iraqi capital, which has been subject to several recent large-scale attacks, including a July shopping center bombing that killed nearly 300 people.
At least three rockets landed in eastern Baghdad, killing five people and wounding 15, police officials said.
The rockets that hit eastern Baghdad appear to have been set off by a blast at a weapons storage facility, according to a police official.
Members of the powerful Shiite militia group Asaib Ahl al-Haq were present at the scene of the attack. Police officials say it is unclear which Shiite militia the weapons store belonged to.
In the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Ghazaliya, a bomb struck a shopping street, killing two people and wounding eight, police said.
Two bomb attacks on fruit and vegetable markets across the city killed five people and wounded 20, officials from the Interior Ministry said.
A bomb attack on a commercial area in western Baghdad killed three people and wounded Smoke rises from buildings in a northeastern neighborhood of Baghdad where several explosions, including one at a weapons storage facility, rocked the area Friday. eight, according to police and hospital officials.
All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media.
Friday also marked the martyrdom anniversary of the ninth Shiite Imam.
In Baghdad pilgrims descended on the Kadhimiya shrine in Baghdad to commemorate the day, but none of the attacks wounded pilgrims or hit near the shrine.
No group claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the Islamic State group has often said it was behind deadly bombings targeting Shiite civilians in the Iraqi capital, including the July shopping center attack.
Iraq’s army has pushed Islamic State militants out of the major cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, and t he government has pledged that it will retake Mosul, one of the country’slargest cities, from the Islamic State group by the end of this year.
Thursday night, an attack on Iraqi security forces killed nine fighters and wounded 15, according to Karim al-Nouri, the spokesman for Iraq’s government- s anctioned mainly Shiite militias, known as the Popular Mobilization Forces.
He said that Shiite fighters were among the dead.
The Salaheddin Operations Command — the unit that oversees Iraqi military operations in the province where Tikrit is located — confirmed the attack.
It comes days after Iraqi forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, retook a town south of the militant-held city of Mosul.
Iraqi forces are conducting a number of small-scale operations around Mosul in an effort to cut Islamic State supply lines.