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Three Bomb Attacks Killed 82, Injured Many In Iraq

BAGHDAD, IRAQ (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – No fewer than 82 people were killed in a new three car bomb attacks in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital.

Police and Medics officials who confirmed the attacks indicated that the deadliest of the attacks, struck a market in the Shia dominated district of Sadr City during the morning rush hour. Total of 64 people were killed while 87 others were injured.

However, the last two eruption occurred in the afternoon within the northern area of Kadhimiya and Jamia, in the West. They recorded 18 casualties.
Despite the fact that the Sunni Muslim jihadist group, which controls large swathes of northern and western Iraq, has frequently targeted Shia Muslims, the so-called Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Police and Medics officials confirmed that among the victims of the attacks were children and women, including brides preparing for weddings at a beauty salon. Pictures of the scenes showed shattered vehicles and buildings due to the explosion.

An eyewitness account said the explosive device was put in a van truck loaded with fruits and vegetables, adding that its driver parked the vehicle and quickly disappeared among the crowd. Another eyewitness testified that the explosion was heavy and deafening.
After the first, some hours later, a suicide car bomb exploded outside a police station in Kadhimiya, another Shia district and an important location of a shrine according to officials. Police and civilians were among the victims.

Similarly, another suicide car bomb reportedly targeted a commercial street in the Jamia district, which is predominantly Sunni’s.

Angry survivors have blamed the attacks on politicians for failing in their responsibility to provide adequate security for people.

Iraq is presently embroiled in a serious political crisis, as the parliament failed to meet due to demand for change in cabinet composition, leaving government to remain in limbo.

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