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Blasts kill 15 in and around Iraq’s Baghdad

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A bulldozer clears the wreckage following a car bomb attack in Sadr City, an area north of the capital Baghdad, on May 11, 2016. (AFP)

Around 50 people have been killed and injured in several blasts which target multiple locations in and around Iraq’s capital city Baghdad.

Eight people were killed and 15 more wounded when a bomb went off at a military checkpoint in Tarmiyah, north of the capital on Saturday.

Following the incident, the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group released a statement claiming responsibility for what it said was an attack on a gathering of Iraqi government troops. Only three of the killed were soldiers.

Five more people were killed in two separate attacks on markets in Baghdad and two more lost their lives as a bomb went off in a busy restaurant. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, but such actions are usually carried out by Daesh.

The latest figures released by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq show that a total of 867 Iraqis were killed and 1,459 others injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in May.

A member of the Iraqi security forces walks past a truck loaded with debris following a car bombing that targeted a market area in the capital Baghdad on May 30, 2016. (AFP)

According to the UN mission, the number of civilian fatalities stood at 410 in April. Violence also claimed the lives of 331 members of the Iraqi security forces. A great portion of the fatalities was recorded in Baghdad, where over 232 civilians were killed.

The Takfiri terrorists swept through parts of northern and western Iraq in June 2014. The terrorists have been committing crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and others.


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