Baghdad blast claimed by Islamic State, suicide car bomb kill nine

BAGHDAD Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:36pm EDT

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State militant group killed three people on Thursday in the centre of Baghdad and a second bomb outside the Iraqi capital killed six people, police and medics said.

The bomb in central Baghdad, claimed by the al Qaeda offshoot, exploded near the Shi'ite mosque of Abdullah bin Rawah in the main wholesale market of Shorja, the sources said.

The Islamic State said on an affiliated Twitter feed that a man it called Abu Bakr al-Australi (the Australian) had detonated explosives in a vest he was wearing near the mosque.

The other suicide bomber detonated an explosive-rigged car at a checkpoint on the northern exit from Baghdad, killing six people and wounding 18, most of them policemen, sources said.

The army and allied Shi'ite militia forces are trying to push back Sunni insurgents, who swept through northern Iraq last month to within 70 km (45 miles) of Baghdad.

An army offensive to retake the northern city of Tikrit on Tuesday was repulsed by the insurgents, who forced troops to pull back south of the city on the banks of the Tigris.

The fighting has exacerbated a political crisis in Baghdad, where Shi'ite caretaker Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is trying to form a government in the face of opposition from Sunnis, Kurds and some Shi'ites, three months after Iraq held a parliamentary election.

Iraq's Shi'ite clergy as well as Western powers have pressed politicians to overcome their deadlock and agree a new unity government to help tackle the insurgency and prevent Iraq from splitting down ethnic and sectarian lines.

To the north of Baghdad, militants attacked the Turkuman town of Amirli overnight on Wednesday and on Thursday morning, striking from three directions. Nine insurgents and one soldier were killed in the fighting, Amirli mayor Talib Mohammed said.

Police in Muqdadiya, a town 80 km (50 miles) northeast of the capital, said they found 10 corpses with execution-style bullet wounds in their heads and chests on a street late on Thursday. A local morgue source confirmed the deaths.

Residents in the town had on Monday found 12 corpses with execution-style bullet wounds after fighting between Islamic State fighters and the Naqshbandi Army, a group led by supporters of Sunni former dictator Saddam Hussein's Baath Party. [ID:nL6N0PP34L]

(Reporting by Raheem Salman; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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Comments (3)
dd606 wrote:
I remember back in the days, when a lot of people claimed that terrorists (Muslim extremists) did what they did, because of what the evil western world was doing to them first. So much for that theory. They seem more than happy to kill just about anybody these days.

Jul 17, 2014 3:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mister_Mister wrote:
Only 9??? Given that the entire IS army is about 1 million strong, but the Iraqi population is about 20 million, they should re-evaluate their suicide math…

Jul 18, 2014 2:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
kurdstaat wrote:
Another day in Bach of David. Since the Kurds were kicked out of the city of BACH-DAVID the city degenerated. Now the Shiite and Sunni Arabs are killing themselves but dont know why? I smell a new genocide waiting to happen.

Jul 18, 2014 4:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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