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43 Iraqis Killed, 86 Injured in Baghdad Suicide Bomber Attack on Cafe

August 23, 2013


43 killed, 86 wounded in attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Aug. 23, 2013 (Xinhua) --

Up to 43 people were killed and 86 wounded in attacks, including suicide bombings, across Iraq on Friday, amid growing tension that threatens to bring the country back to sectarian strife.

The deadliest attack occurred in the evening in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad when a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest blew himself up at a park crowded with families in al-Qahira district, killing 28 people and wounding up to 50 others, an Interior ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, gunmen shot dead four people in Baghdad's northern district of Adhamiyah, the source said.

In northern Iraq, a suicide truck bomber blew up his explosive- laden truck into the entrance of a police headquarters in Bab Sinjar area in western Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, killing two policemen guarding the site and wounding 12 people, a local police source anonymously told Xinhua.

In a separate incident, a booby-trapped car went off near an Iraqi army patrol in the town of Qaiyara, some 50 km south of Mosul, killing a soldier and wounding three people, the source said.

Also in Mosul, a bomb planted in the house of a soldier in northern Mosul detonated in the evening, wounding the soldier's wife and two of his sons, the source said, adding that the soldier himself escaped unharmed as he was not at home during the attack.

Earlier in the day, the police said that unidentified gunmen at dawn broke into a house in the city of Dujail, some 60 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, and shot dead a man, his wife and his mother, and wounded two of his sons, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In Baghdad, a roadside bomb went off at noon near a Sunni mosque during the weekly Friday prayer in the mix Shiite and Sunni district of Jihad in the southwestern part of the capital, killing two worshippers and wounding five others, an Interior Ministry source anonymously told Xinhua.

In a separate incident, a civilian was killed and five others wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in Baghdad northern district of Adhamiyah, the source said.

Meanwhile, a civilian was killed and his son wounded when gunmen opened fire on their car in western Baghdad, the source added.

Elsewhere, a civilian was killed and four others were injured when a roadside bomb detonated in Baghdad southern suburb of Arab Jubour, he said.

In addition, three mortar rounds struck the house of a government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group leader in Abu Ghraib area, some 25 km west of Baghdad, damaging his house and wounding one of his sons, a local police source said.

The Sahwa militia, also known as the Awakening Council or the Sons of Iraq, consists of armed groups, including some powerful anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent groups, who turned their rifles against the al-Qaida network after the latter exercised indiscriminate killings against both Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities.

Observers see that the security situation in Iraq began to deteriorate on April 23 after security forces cracked down on a Sunni Arab protest camp in Iraq's northern city of Hawijah, killing and wounding dozens of protestors.

The crackdown in the city sparked fierce clashes across the country's predominantly Sunni provinces between the Sunni tribes and the security forces.

Overall levels of violence by insurgent groups have since escalated and become audacious, as waves of massive bombings and almost daily attacks left thousands of Iraqis killed and wounded.

Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in five years, raising fears that the latest bloodshed is bringing the country back to a full-blown civil conflict that peaked in 2006 and 2007, when the monthly death toll sometimes exceeded 3,000.


Bomb explosion kills 26 in Baghdad

Press TV, August 23, 2013

The incidents are the latest in a string of attacks across Iraq that have left more than 4,400 people dead since the beginning of 2013.

At least 26 people have been killed and 55 others injured in a bomb explosion in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

The blast took place at a park in the Qahira neighborhood, a crowded area of northern Baghdad, late on Friday, The Associated Press reported.

The attack, which was the deadliest of the day, followed a number of other separate shootings and explosions across the country.

Earlier in the day, three people were killed by gunmen, who burst into a house in a mostly Shia-populated town north of the capital.

Violence left two others dead in the central city of Hilla, a predominantly Shia city, which lies 100 kilometers south of Baghdad.

Other shootings and bombings claimed two lives and injured 12 people in the capital and the northern city of Mosul.

The incidents are the latest in a string of attacks across Iraq that have left more than 4,400 people dead since the beginning of 2013.

According to the United Nations, a total of 1,057 Iraqis, including 928 civilians, were killed and another 2,326 were wounded in terrorist attacks throughout the country in July -- the deadliest month since 2008.

In an interview with Press TV in July, an international human rights lawyer said that foreign powers are attempting to fabricate and benefit from Shia-Sunni discord in Iraq and elsewhere, seeking to see the Muslim world weakened in the wake of such rifts.

Iraq’s Interior Ministry has said that militants have launched an open war in Iraq and they want to push the Middle Eastern country into chaos.


Suicide bomber targets busy Baghdad cafe, killing 25

By Kareem Raheem

Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:36pm EDT

BAGHDAD (Reuters) -

A suicide bomber killed 25 people and wounded more than 50 in Baghdad on Friday when he detonated his explosives inside a busy cafe near a park popular with families, police and medical sources said.

It was one of the worst attacks in Iraq since suicide bombers hit the same district two months ago, targeting a Shi'ite mosque and killing 29 worshippers during noon prayers.

Friday's bombing took place in al-Qahira, a northern district of the capital that is home to mainly Shi'ite Muslims. Children were among the casualties at the site, which is in an area with cafes and restaurants. The wounded had been taken to four different hospitals, the sources said.

"There was a crowd of people, and the suicide bomber detonated himself right inside it. Most of the people were killed or injured by ball bearings from the device," police officer Ahmed Jassim said.

His patrol heard the blast and arrived at the site to find people lying dead or injured on the ground in pools of blood. Police hesitated to help the wounded because they feared a second bomb, he said.

In a separate attack in central Baghdad, gunmen on motorcycles shot dead four people who were in a car, police and health sources said.

Iraqis have suffered extreme violence for years, but since the start of 2013 the intensity of attacks on civilians has dramatically increased. More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in attacks in July, the worst monthly toll since 2008.

Since the start of 2013, bomb attacks by mainly Sunni Muslim insurgents have increasingly targeted cafes and other places where families gather, as well as the usual targets of military facilities and checkpoints.

Eighteen months since U.S. troops withdrew, deep-rooted sectarian tensions have been aggravated by the civil war in neighboring Syria and growing political divisions between Shi'ite, Sunni and ethnic Kurdish factions.

(Additional reporting by Raheem Salman, Writing by Sylvia Westall; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall and Ken Wills)

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