17 killed in three Baghdad explosions

Tuesday 22 January 2013 16.17
More than 50 people were wounded in the three attacks
More than 50 people were wounded in the three attacks

At least 17 people have been killed in three explosions across Baghdad in Iraq this morning.

The most deadly explosion took place in Taji, where a suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives detonated his bomb near an army base, killing at least seven people and wounding 24.

Another car bomb exploded in a crowded market in the Shia neighbourhood of Shula, northwestern Baghdad, killing five people and wounding 13.

In Mahmudiya, a car bomb attack near an army checkpoint killed five people, including two soldiers, and wounded 14 more.

The attacks came with Shia Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki facing increasing pressure from a political crisis.

Mr Maliki's government is trying to ease mass Sunni protests that erupted a month ago.

His central government is also locked in a dispute with the country's autonomous Kurdistan region over control of oilfields.

Keywords: baghdad, iraq