Bombings, mortar attacks leave 9 dead across Baghdad

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Saturday, 17 January 2015


Iraqi security and medical officials say at least nine people have lost their lives in a spate of bombings and mortar attacks ripping through the violence-scarred Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Police authorities, speaking on condition of anonymity, said four people were killed and 13 others wounding around noon on Friday, when mortar shells slammed into houses in Baghdad's northwestern district of Shula.

Three other people lost their lives and eleven sustained injuries when a bomb struck a commercial street in the Iraqi capital’s northeastern suburb of Husseiniya.

Separately, a bomb went off near a line of automobile spare part shops in western Baghdad, killing two people and wounding nine others.

No group has claimed responsibility for the acts of violence, but such incidents are often claimed by ISIL Takfiri terrorists.

On January 12, at least 12 people were killed when a car bomb explosion targeted Shia volunteers in the town of Abasiyat, located more than 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad.

Police and hospital officials said the attack killed 10 militiamen and two soldiers, while wounding 18 people.

The overall security situation in Iraq has worsened over the past few months as ISIL terrorists, of whom many are foreign militants, have taken control of some parts of Iraq’s northern and western regions.

They have been committing heinous crimes in the captured areas, including mass executions and beheadings.

The Iraqi army, backed by pro-government tribes, Shia volunteers and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, has so far managed to make significant gains in the fight against the terrorists.

Since August 2014, the US and some of its allies have been conducting airstrikes against what they say are ISIL positions in Iraq. Some members of the US-led coalition also started a similar bombing campaign inside Syria in September.

However, the raids have so far failed to dislodge the Takfiri group.

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