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Multiple bomb explosions kill 12 in, around Iraq capital

8 May 2016 21:30



At least a dozen people have been killed and dozens more injured in multiple bomb explosions in and around the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, security and medical sources say.  

Iraqi security officials said that the largest bomb attack killed three policemen and two civilians in Baghdad’s western suburb of Abu Ghraib on Sunday. At least 16 others were also wounded in that attack.

The casualties came after a bomber blew up himself outside a funeral tent for the wife of a local official.

Separately, a bomb explosion in a commercial area in the town of Madain, about 20 kilometers (14 miles) southeast of Baghdad, claimed lives of  three civilians and wounded  10 others.

Elsewhere, two separate bomb attacks on commercial areas in Baghdad killed four civilians and wounded 17 others.

On Friday, at least nine people have lost their lives and nearly a dozen others sustained injuries when two bomb explosions ripped through residential neighborhoods near Baghdad.

Iraqis check the damage following a car bomb targeting Shia Muslim pilgrims heading to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of the seventh Shia Imam Musa ibn Jafar al-Kazim (PBUH) in Baghdad’s southern neighborhood of Saidiya on May 2, 2106. (© AFP)

Latest figures released by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq show a total of 741 Iraqis were killed and 1,374 others injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in April.

According to the UN mission, the number of civilian fatalities stood at 410. Violence also claimed the lives of 331 members of the Iraqi security forces. A great portion of the fatalities was recorded in Baghdad, where 232 civilians were killed.

Gruesome violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since Daesh terrorists launched an offensive in June 2014, and took control of portions of the Iraqi territory.

The militants have been committing vicious crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and others.

Iraqi army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Mobilization Units are seeking to win back militant-held regions in joint operations.

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