21 dead in Baghdad bombings

  • 13/07/2015

A string of bomb explosions, including two suicide attacks, have killed at least 21 people and wounded 62 in Shi'ite-dominated neighbourhoods of Baghdad.

The northeastern area of Al-Shaab was rocked by two explosions on Sunday, at least one of which was caused by an attacker detonating a suicide vest, police and government officials say.

A suicide attacker also blew up his car bomb on Adan square, in northwestern Baghdad, just before the meal that breaks the dawn-to-dusk fast during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

At least six people were killed and 20 wounded in the attack on the square, which has been frequently targeted in the past.

In Al Bunuk area, a car bomb also went off near a popular restaurant, killing at least two people and leaving 11 wounded.

Two other people were killed and eight wounded when another explosives-laden vehicle blew up in the Iskan neighbourhood.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for any of the explosions, but such attacks are usually carried out by the Islamic State group.

There have been fears that IS may intensify attacks in Baghdad during Ramadan, but with the fasting month nearing its end, there had been no surge in bombings until Sunday.