47 killed in wave of Iraq attacks

Sunday 25 August 2013 22.53
New wave of attack in Iraq has left at least 47 people dead
New wave of attack in Iraq has left at least 47 people dead

Car bombs, roadside bombs and shootings have killed at least 47 people in Iraq in separate incidents.

The biggest of today’s attacks took place in central Baquba, 65 km northeast of Baghdad when a car bomb blew up near a housing complex, killing at least 11 people and wounding 34, police said.

Earlier attacks included the killing of five soldiers in Qiyara town, some 290km north of the Iraqi capital, when suspected militants ambushed two taxis taking soldiers from Baghdad to join their units in Mosul, military sources said.

"One of the cars escaped the ambush but the second one could not and the militants shot dead five soldiers and burned their bodies after they killed them," a senior intelligence military officer, who declined to be named, said.

A medical source at the morgue in Mosul confirmed the soldiers' bodies had been burned.

Police said that seven people were also killed and 30 others were injured in two separate explosions in Madaen, about 30km southeast of Baghdad.

Another two explosions took place in commercial areas in western and northern Baghdad, killing 12 people and wounding 45, police and medical sources said.

A bomb stuck to a car killed three people and wounded four in eastern Baghdad, police and medical sources said.

Earlier on Sunday, police said three people were killed and 15 wounded when a car bomb exploded in Balad, 80km north of Baghdad.

Two people were shot dead near their homes in eastern Mosul, 390km north of Baghdad, police said.

Roadside bombs also killed two members of a displaced Shia family who had recently returned to their home. The attack wounded nine others in central Baquba, police said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for Sunday's attacks but Sunni Islamist militants have been regaining momentum in their insurgency against the Shia-led government in recent months.

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