Attacks in Baghdad kill 3, wound 20 people

Iraqi police say three persons have been killed in separate late night bombings.

Baghdad: A spate of overnight and early Monday bombings in Baghdad killed three people, including a police officer and an Army soldier, and wounded 20, police officials said.

The strikes came a week before all but 50,000 US troops leave Iraq — a military drawdown that has raised fears the country`s already-shaky security will become even less safe.

Baghdad police said unknown attackers in a speeding car threw the grenade in the mixed Sunni-Shi’ite neighbourhood of New Baghdad in the capital`s east around 6:30 am on Monday.

The blast killed one policeman and wounded another, a city police official said. A medic at Baghdad`s Ibn Al-Nafees hospital confirmed the casualties.

Late Sunday, a grenade attack on an Iraqi Army checkpoint in Amariyah, a Sunni area in western Baghdad, killed one soldier and injured 2 others around 11 pm, police and hospital officials said.

Earlier, a liquor store near central Baghdad was targeted by a roadside bomb that wounded two people around 8 pm. An hour later, another bomb struck a popular cafe in the capital`s southwest. A policeman said that explosion killed one person and wounded 15 people. A medic at the city`s Yarmouk hospital confirmed the casualties.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to the media.

Bureau Report

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