Deadly car bombs target Baghdad security forces

File photo: A woman reacts during a funeral of a victim who was killed in a bomb attack in Baghdad, in Najaf, south of Baghdad, February 29, 2016. (Reuters)

Several people were killed on Saturday in two separate car bomb attacks in Baghdad targeting security forces, police sources said, adding that the death toll could rise.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts which wounded a further 39 people, but ISIS regularly carries out attacks in the Iraqi capital, including one on Friday at a Shiite Muslim mosque.

The larger of Saturday’s bombs hit a security checkpoint in the northern al-Husseiniya district, killing nine. The second targeted an army convoy in Arab al-Jabour, an area of date palm groves on Baghdad’s southern outskirts.

The Iraqi government has retaken several major cities from ISIS in the past year and slowly pushed the militants back towards the Syrian border. Security has gradually improved in Baghdad, but bomb attacks against the security forces and Shiite residential or commercial areas are still a regular occurrence.

The rise of the ultra-hardline Sunni group, which is battling government forces over control of vast territory in northern and western Iraq, has exacerbated a long-running sectarian conflict, mostly between Shiites and Sunnis, that emerged after the US-led invasion in 2003.


 

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