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Twin bombing attacks in Baghdad market kill at least 24

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Published February 28, 2016


Militants attacked an outdoor market on Sunday in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 24 people and wounding dozens, officials said.

A bomb ripped through the crowded Mredi market in the Shiite district of Sadr City, a police officer said. Minutes later, a suicide bomber blew himself up amid the crowd that had gathered at the site of the first bombing, he added.

He said at least 52 other people were wounded.

The attack was the deadliest in a wave of recent explosions that have targeted commercial areas in and outside Baghdad.

In the town of Mahmoudiya, about 20 miles south of Baghdad, three shoppers were killed and 10 wounded in a bomb explosion, another police officer said. Four others were killed in a separate bomb attack in Baghdad's southern Dora neighborhood, he added.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, though they bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State group, which controls key areas in northern and western Iraq and targets government forces, civilians and especially Shiites.

The attacks came hours after security forces repelled an attack by ISIS militants on the capital's western suburb of Abu Ghraib, officials said.

Three suicide car bombers struck a security force barracks as gunmen opened fire, according to two police officers. At least 12 members of government and paramilitary security forces were killed and 35 wounded, they added. The clashes left a silo on fire, they said.

The commander of military operations in western Baghdad, Maj. Gen Saad Harbiya, said the situation is "under control" and a local curfew has been imposed.

Medical official confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.

Abu Ghraib, about 18 miles from downtown Baghdad, is the location of a prison of the same name where U.S. troops committed notorious abuses against Iraqi detainees following the 2003 invasion. Citing the unstable security situation in the surrounding area, Iraqi authorities closed the prison in April 2014.

It is halfway between Baghdad and Fallujah, which is controlled by ISIS. Security forces prevented ISIS from seizing Abu Ghraib when the extremists swept across northern and western Iraq in the summer of 2014.

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Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi during his visit to the place to blow Maridi market in Sadr City


Author: AR 
Editor: AR 2/29/2016 09:30 Number ofViews: 495 


Long-Presse / Baghdad

The head of the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, on Monday, that terrorist acts will not deter us from the crush gangs (Daash), in what was described the targeting of citizens in the markets as "cowardly."

Information Office of the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, said in a statement received (range Press) copy of it, "Abadi visited Monday morning, place the terrorist bombing in which killed a number of dead and wounded and briefed on the scene of the bombing in Sadr City."

The statement quoted al-Abadi confirmed that "these terrorist acts cowardly and targeting gangs (Daash) defenseless citizens in the markets and mosques will not deter us from continuing victories and smash these gangs," advance "his condolences to the martyrs' families and wished the injured a speedy recovery."

The Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi count, on Sunday (28 February 2016), the attacks in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a sign of the inability (Daash), from confrontation and "reactions" from repeated defeats, and while stressing continue to complete the liberation of the Iraqi cities of the elements of the organization , vowed those behind the attacks as "retribution."

A source in the Interior Ministry, reported on Sunday (28 February 2016) that the outcome of the double bombing that targeted a popular market in Sadr City, eastern Baghdad, ended at 96 dead and wounded.

The security situation in the capital, Baghdad, have been tense since mid-2013, it announced that the United Nations Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), in (the first of February 2016), killing and injuring 2299 Iraqi acts of violence witnessed different parts of the country during the month of January last , while regretted "strong continuity and high occurrence of the victims and their numbers compared to previous months.

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