Iraq Thursday violence death toll rises to 45

Friday, March 07, 2014

Recent months have witnessed an uptick in violence across Iraq.

Recent months have witnessed an uptick in violence across Iraq.

BAGHDAD – At least 45 Iraqis were killed in a series of attacks on Thursday, including 33 in the capital Baghdad alone.

Two people were killed and six others injured when an explosive charge went off in a vegetable market in the southeast of Baghdad, police officer Ali Mohamed told Anadolu Agency.

In northern Baghdad, three soldiers were killed and 12 civilians wounded when a bomber drove his vehicle into an army security checkpoint, a security source said, requesting anonymity.

Later, one civilian was killed by unknown gunmen near his home in the south of the capital.

Local police forces, meanwhile, found six bodies, including two women, in the eastern neighborhood of al-Rashad and four others in al-Taji and Lattifiyah areas, according to a security source.

In the western Baghdad neighborhood of al-Amel, five civilians were killed and 24 others injured in two successive bombings.

A car bombing in central Baghdad also killed 3 civilians and injured 6 others, while a later bombing near the fortified Green Zone area left 3 people killed and 7 wounded.

In the eastern suburb of al-Sadr, a car bombing targeted popular cafes, killing 5 people and wounding 25, according to an Iraqi Interior Ministry statement.

Security officials expect Baghdad to be the target of yet more bombings after militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant reportedly managed to infiltrate the capital.

Meanwhile, four people were killed and seven others injured after an explosive charge went off near café in the eastern province of Diyala, security sources told AA late Thursday.

Two policemen were killed in an ambush by militants in southern Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, a Kirkuk police source said.

Two civilians were also killed and six others injured in a bombing targeting a funeral procession in southwestern Kirkuk.

A car bombing near Mosul, a main city of the northern Nineveh province, killed two people and injured two others.

Two policemen were also killed and four others were injured in two separate attacks with explosive charges in eastern Mosul.

Recent months have witnessed an uptick in violence across Iraq.

Although most attacks go unclaimed, Iraqi authorities usually point the finger at Al-Qaeda-linked militants.

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