Car bombings in Baghdad kill 12

Four separate car bombings in Baghdad kill 12 civilians wound dozens as attacks target vital crowded spots

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Car bombs targeting four vital places in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad have killed 12 people on Saturday, Iraqi authorities announced.

Iraq witnesses highly frequent assaults of the ISIS, however no specific group announced its responsibility for today’s attacks.

Police officials say a car bomb went off about noon Saturday near shops selling car parts in southeastern Baghdad, killing five people and wounding 13 others, according to AP.

The second bomb exploded by an outdoor market killing three shoppers and injuring eight in the city's eastern suburbs.

The third exploded near a row of shops in the capital's western neighborhood of Baiyaa, killing two and wounding 10.

Another explosion at a fruit and vegetable market in southern Baghdad killed two people and wounded three.

Medical officials confirmed the number of fatalities. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

The pressing ISIS attacks that Iraq is witnessing represent a deep wound in the heart of the nation, most recently by the loss of Ramadi, which the US President Barack Obama described as a “tactical setback”.

The US is aiding Iraq in its battle against ISIS, through air strikes and provision of military equipment and training.

ISIS killed up to 500 people - both Iraqi civilians and soldiers - and forced 115,000 to flee from their homes after they captured the city of Ramadi, according to the Anbar Provincial Council.

The group also captured the last border crossing between Iraq and Syria in their latest advance through “al Tanf” village on Friday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). ISIS currently has control over 50 percent of Syria’s territory.

TRTWorld and agencies