String of suicide bombings in Iraq
The attacks, including the deadliest to hit Baghdad since August, came days after US military delivered an upbeat report on security in the country.
Two suicide attacks in Iraq, including the deadliest to hit Baghdad since August, killed at least 56 people and wounded at least 42 on Tuesday and Wednesday. The attacks came days after the US military delivered an upbeat report on security in the country, reporting that levels of violence had dropped over the past year.Skip to next paragraph
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A female suicide bomber attacked a checkpoint of neighbourhood patrol volunteers Wednesday morning in Baquba, the capital of Diyala province, reports Reuters. The attack killed 10 and wounded eight, police said.
It was the latest in a wave of suicide bomb attacks that has appeared to intensify in recent days and weeks, even as overall levels of violence in Iraq have fallen.
Two policemen and four patrol volunteers were among the dead, police said. Among those killed was Abdul-Rafaa al-Nidawi, whom police described as the coordinator between U.S. forces and the volunteer patrols in the city.
On Tuesday, a suicide bombing killed 36 and wounded at least 35 others in Baghdad's Zayouna neighborhood, reports The Washington Post. The attack, described as the deadliest in months in Iraq's capital, occurred just as many residents "are saying they feel more secure and express hope that the worst is behind them."
The target Tuesday was a crowd that had gathered to mourn Nabil al-Azzawi, a victim of a car bombing four days before. A teacher, he was one of at least seven people killed Friday at the crowded intersection at Tayaran Square, according to neighbors and an Iraqi official.
The Azzawis are a Sunni Muslim family, neighbors said, with relatives in Diyala province, where some of Iraq's worst violence has occurred. On Tuesday, the family was hosting the third and final day of the funeral service outdoors in a private garden. The property belonged to Mr. Azzawi's brother, and was located in a Zayouna enclave known as Officer's City, a relatively peaceful part of eastern Baghdad.
An Iraqi army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Qasim Ata' Zahil, blamed the attack on the Diyala network of the Sunni insurgent group Al Qaeda in Iraq. Authorities here nearly always blame suicide bombings on the group, because the tactic is not generally used by other militant groups.
Police put the suicide attack's toll to 36, making it the most fatal Baghdad bombing since the summer, reports the Associated Press.