14 killed in separate car bomb explosions in Baghdad

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Monday, 17 November 2014

Security and medical officials say at least 14 people have been killed and over 30 others wounded when a pair of car bomb explosions ripped through busy commercial districts in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad.

Police sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the first attack took place in Baghdad’s eastern neighborhood of Meshtal when an explosive-laden car blew up in a commercial street. The blast killed at least eight people and wounded 15 others.

The second car bombing was carried out in Baghdad’s western district of al-Amiriya, killing at least six people and wounding 16 others.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts. However, Iraqi officials usually blame such attacks on the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.

The ISIL terrorists launched an offensive in June and took control of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, before sweeping through much of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.

The extremist group has threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians during its advances in the violence-torn Arab state.

New figures released by the United Nations show that violence in Iraq claimed at least 1,273 lives in October alone.

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said on November 1 that at least 856 civilians and 417 security forces lost their lives last month, while over 2,000 others sustained injuries.

The UN casualty figures are lower than the death toll reported by the Iraqi government. Baghdad says more than 1,700 civilians and security forces were killed and over 2,300 others wounded in October.

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