Suicide bombers hit Shi’ite gatherings in Baghdad

AFP

Islamic State jihadist group frequently targets members of Iraq’s Shiite Muslim majority, whom it considers heretics. AFP photo

BAGHDAD (AFP) – Suicide bombers struck two Shiite-majority areas of the Iraqi capital on Monday, killing at least 10 people and wounding more than 30 others, security and medical officials said.

In the deadliest attack, a bomber targeted a market in the Amil neighbourhood of southern Baghdad, killing at least six people and wounding 16 or more.

Another bomber detonated explosives near a garage for taxis and buses and a tent providing refreshments to passersby as part of a Shiite religious ritual, killing at least four people and wounding 18.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, but the Islamic State jihadist group frequently targets members of Iraq’s Shiite Muslim majority, whom it considers heretics.

IS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, and while the jihadists have since lost signficant ground, they retain the capacity to carry out frequent attacks in government-held areas.

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Reuters
Mon Oct 3, 2016 | 9:37am EDT

Suicide bombers attacked two Shi’ite Muslim processions in Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 11 people and wounding more than 40, police and medical sources said.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the blasts at the Shi’ite events commemorating the slaying of Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Hussein.

A bomber detonated his explosive vest in the middle of one Shi’ite procession in the Amil district of southern Baghdad, killing six and wounding 25, the sources said.

A similar attack hit a procession in the eastern Mashtal district, killing five and wounding 18, the sources added.

(Reporting by Karem Raheem and Ahmed Rasheed; Writing by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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One Response to “Suicide bombers hit Shi’ite gatherings in Baghdad”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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