Bombings in and near Baghdad killed 19 people today, the latest in near-daily attacks targeting the Iraqi capital as the country’s Shiite-led government grapples with a rampant Sunni insurgency by the Islamic State group.
Police officials said the deadliest attack took place today afternoon when a double car bomb attack hit Habaybina restaurant in the Shiite-majority district of Talibiya in eastern Baghdad, killing eight people and wounding 20 others.
Earlier, a bomb struck at an out-door market in the southern district of Abu Dashir, a mostly Shiite neighbourhood, killing four people and wounding nine, police officials said.
A little bit later, a bomb that went off near a small restaurant in central Baghdad killed five people and wounded 12, the officials said.
Another bomb exploded at a commercial street in the town of Madian, just south of Baghdad, killing two people and wounding four.
Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to media.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the latest attacks but they bore the hallmarks of the al-Qaida-breakaway Islamic State group which has captured large chunks of territory in western and northern Iraq, plunging the country into its worst crisis since US troops left at the end of 2011.