Attacks in and around Baghdad kill 23

Citizens inspect the scene after a car bomb explosion at a crowded outdoor market in the Iraqi capital's eastern district of Sadr City, Iraq, Sunday, Jan 8, 2017. An Iraqi official says a suicide bombing in a bustling commercial area in the Iraqi capital has killed several civilians (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)

A wave of attacks in and around Baghdad has killed at least 23 people, the latest in a series of assaults blamed on the Islamic State group

BAGHDAD — A wave of attacks in and around Baghdad on Sunday killed at least 23 people, the latest in a series of assaults blamed on the Islamic State group.

A suicide car bomb ripped through a wholesale market in the sprawling Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City, killing at least seven people and wounding 15, said Brig. Gen. Saad Maan, the Interior Ministry spokesman. He said a member of the security forces spotted the bomber and opened fire but was unable to prevent the attack.

A policeman and two medical officials gave a higher toll, saying 16 people were killed in the attack and another 47 wounded.

At a hospital where victims of the attack had been taken, a body exploded inside a morgue refrigerator. The medics said it appeared to have been a second attacker who was killed by shrapnel from the first explosion.

IS claimed the attack, saying it was targeting Shiites. The Sunni extremist group views Iraq's Shiite majority as apostates deserving of death.

Elsewhere in the city, a suicide bomber killed nine shoppers and wounded 16 others at a fruit and vegetable market in a mainly Shiite neighborhood. Three additional bombings in and around the capital killed seven people and wounded 24 others.

Police and medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.

The Islamic State group has carried out a string of bombings in Baghdad over the past week, killing dozens of people. A suicide bomber struck Sadr City last week, killing more than 40 people.

The latest attacks come as Iraqi forces are trying to drive IS militants from the northern city of Mosul in a massive operation launched in mid-October. In recent days, troops have pushed closer to the Tigris River, which splits the city in half.

Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, fell to IS in the summer of 2014, when the militants swept over much of northern and western Iraq.

___

Associated Press writer Murtada Faraj contributed to this report.

Related News

Iran's working class, facing dim prospects, fuels...

Jan 6, 2018

Iran's protests over the past week have been centered in dozens of long-neglected cities and towns,...

Egypt places colossus of Ramses II in atrium of...

Jan 25, 2018

Egypt places giant statue of Ramses II in entrance hall of antiquities museum under construction...

Egypt thanks Eni for gas field efforts despite...

Jan 31, 2018

Egypt's president has again accused unknown parties of being behind the 2016 murder of an Italian...

Egypt says 4,400-year-old tomb discovered outside...

Feb 3, 2018

Archaeologists in Egypt say they have discovered 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids outside Cairo

Rare dinosaur discovery in Egypt could signal...

Feb 6, 2018

Researchers have discovered a new species of dinosaur in the Egyptian desert, a long-necked...

President says Egypt 'scored a goal' with Israel...

Feb 21, 2018

Egypt's president says his country 'scored a goal' with $15 billion Israeli gas deal

Peaple also read these

Rare dinosaur discovery in Egypt could signal...

Feb 6, 2018

Researchers have discovered a new species of dinosaur in the Egyptian desert, a long-necked...

Boeing signs $3B deal with Iran airline, a first...

Apr 4, 2017

Boeing Co. has signed a $3 billion deal with an Iranian airline for 30 new aircraft, in the first...

Iran claims launch of satellite-carrying rocket...

Jul 27, 2017

Iranian state TV says Iran has successfully launched a satellite-carrying rocket into space

Iranian president threatens to revitalize nuclear...

Aug 15, 2017

Iran's president has warned that it could ramp up its nuclear program and quickly achieve a more...

Attacks in and around Baghdad kill 23

Jan 8, 2017

A wave of attacks in and around Baghdad has killed at least 23 people, the latest in a series of...

Sign up now!

About Us

What if you could see what will happen to the world in the next 10 years? In The Daily Futurist, we explore mostly on geography, archaeology and natural science. See the future here in The Daily Futurist.

Contact us: sales@thedailyfuturist.com