Triple bombing in Baghdad deadliest in months
The blasts took place in Azamiyah – once a hotbed of Sunni-Shiite violence – and may have been an attempt to reignite sectarian conflict.
At least 31 people were killed in a triple bomb attack in Baghdad on Monday. This is the latest incident in a series of attacks marking a surge in violence in the Iraqi capital. The attacks occurred in Baghdad’s Azamiyah neighborhood, a former hotbed of sectarian violence that has been relatively peaceful in recent months.Skip to next paragraph
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The first bomb damaged a bus carrying school girls, the AP reported.
Police said the first explosion damaged a minibus carrying young girls to school....
Abbas Fadhil said he was working in a nearby restaurant that was damaged in the blasts.
"I rushed to the site and saw several girl students trapped in a bus and screaming for help. We took the girls outside the bus and rushed them to the hospitals," he said.
Associated Press Television News video showed the minibus pocked with shrapnel marks with the floor soaked in blood. Girls' shoes were scattered about amid the wreckage.
The exact death toll resulting from the blasts has yet to be ascertained, the AP also reported, as “police officials giving the toll were unclear how many died in each blast.”
According to the AP, twin blasts occurred “during the morning rush hour in the Kasrah section of Azamiyah neighborhood in the northern part of the Iraqi capital.” After that a suicide bomber “blew himself up among police and civilians who rushed to help the wounded,” Reuters reported.
Both the timing and location of the bomb attacks are significant. Recently, Baghdad residents have noticed an increase in attacks during rush hour traffic, United Press International reported in October.
Baghdad residents told the Iraqi daily Azzaman they are seeing a correlation between commute times and the security situation as U.S. and Iraqi forces sealed several areas in the wake of a series of suicide car bombings.
"There is a direct link between traffic jams and security," said one commuter. "Congested streets in Baghdad are an indication of an upsurge in insecurity."