Dozen dead after Baghdad car bombs

Two car bombs have exploded in sprawling Shiite neighbourhoods of the Iraqi capital killing at least 12 civilians and wounding 30, officials said.

The first blast struck a bus and taxi stop around rush hour in the eastern Sadr City. Among the nine killed was a seven-year old child, and 16 people were wounded.

Another car bomb hit a small market at a taxi stop in the eastern suburb of Kamaliya, killing three civilians and wounding 14 others.

The attack followed a wave of bombings yesterday that struck in mainly in Shiite areas, killing 33 people.

At least seven of them died in Sadr City when a bomb in a parked car detonated at a bus stop.

The spike in violence comes amid growing tensions between the Shiite-led government and Iraq’s Sunni minority over what they consider second-class treatment. A bloody government crackdown on militants last month in a protest camp in the country’s north fueled the tension.

Iraq’s embattled Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki blamed sectarian tension for the latest attacks.

“We have to know that today’s bloodshed is the result of sectarian hatred and also the result of a stirring up of these sectarian tensions,” Mr al-Maliki said at a government conference addressing atrocities committed under dictator Saddam Hussein. Incitement could be coming from inside or outside the country, he added.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but car and suicide bombings are a hallmark of al Qaida’s Iraq branch.

The spike in attacks, after a general decrease in violence, has raised fears of a return to the sectarian bloodshed that pushed the country to the brink of civil war in 2006-2007. Shiite militias have so far been largely restrained in their reactions to such bombings.

More in this Section

Youth leaders at UN demand bold climate change actionYouth leaders at UN demand bold climate change action

Father who confronted Boris Johnson over NHS says daughter is doing betterFather who confronted Boris Johnson over NHS says daughter is doing better

Jeremy Corbyn under fire over Labour Brexit policyJeremy Corbyn under fire over Labour Brexit policy

Trump says Ukrainian leader call ‘perfectly fine’ amid whistleblowing stormTrump says Ukrainian leader call ‘perfectly fine’ amid whistleblowing storm


Lifestyle

Brian Caliendo owns and runs Liber Bookshop on O’Connell St, Sligo, with his wife Ailbhe Finnegan.We Sell Books: ‘I can get it on Amazon, but I prefer to get it from ye’

Dylan Tighe’s overdubbing of a classic tale of depravity to give it an Irish context is one of the most interesting offerings at Dublin Theatre Festival, writes Alan O’Riordan.Classic 120 Days of Sodom redubbed for Irish context

Marian Duggan was in her 20s and could not imagine that her symptoms could be so serious, not even when a tennis-ball-size cyst was removed from her left ovary, says Helen O’Callaghan.'I thought I was too young to have cancer'

Yvonne Young, group assistant director of nursing, University of Limerick Hospitals Group and National Sepsis TeamWorking Life: Yvonne Young, group assistant director of nursing

More From The Irish Examiner