ISIS kills dozens in blasts in Iraq

ISIS has claimed responsibility for car bombing attacks killing a total of 26 in Anbar and Baghdad

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

ISIS claimed responsibility for car bombing attacks which killed 12 Iraqi soldiers at a military outpost in Anbar and 14 civilians in a residential Baghdad neighborhood.

The Iraqi forces were targeted in a train station in Garma, on the road to an ISIS stronghold of Fallujah, 15 km (10 miles) to the east. 

The fighters were part of a campaign announced by the government last month to recapture parts of the Sunni heartland from ISIS, which has held the territory for the past year, reported Reuters.

“Five of the armored car bombs managed to reach our forces in the train station and blew up. It reduced the station to dirt,” an army officer told Reuters.

Late on Saturday evening, two cars exploded in 10 minutes apart in the Iraqi capital’s Karrada district, a place known for its public favorite shops.

Police said the dead and wounded civilians were mainly shoppers and Shia people who gathered to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Imam Ali, a key figure in the Shia sect. 

ISIS made a statement from its twitter account claiming responsibility for the attacks.

In April 2015, a total of 812 Iraqis were killed and 1,726 others were injured by attacks and violence in Iraq, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said on Sunday.

TRTWorld and agencies