25 killed and 56 wounded in Baghdad bombings


BAGHDAD, Iraq – A least 25 people have been killed and 56 others wounded in two new blasts targeting a western neighborhood of the Iraqi capital city, as well as Kadhimiyah district of Baghdad, media reports say.

The first blast caused by a car bomb killed at least 18 people and injured 34 others when it ripped through northern Kadhimiyah neighborhood of Baghdad.

The car bomb went off at the entrance to a square in Kadhimiyah, a mostly Shia Muslim district, on Wednesday, Iraq’s al-Sumaria News reported, adding that five policemen were among those who lost their lives in the bombing.

Meanwhile, Iraqi sources reported that an explosive-laden vehicle went off in al-Rabi’ Street in western Baghdad, killing 7 people and wounding 22 more.

The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has claimed responsibility for both attacks.

Earlier on Wednesday, at least 63 people lost their lives while 85 others sustained injuries in another car bomb attack claimed by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad.

The attack took place in a crowded outdoor market during the morning rush, killing mostly women, according to Iraqi police and hospital sources.

The latest figures released by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq show a total of 741 Iraqis were killed and 1,374 others were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in April.

According to the UN mission, the number of civilian fatalities stood at 410. Violence also claimed the lives of 331 members of Iraqi security forces.

A great portion of the fatalities was recorded in Baghdad, where 232 civilians were killed.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since Daesh began an offensive in the Iraqi territory in June 2014.

Iraqi army soldiers and fighters from Popular Mobilization Units are seeking to win back militant-held regions in joint operations.