Bombings targeting Iraq military kill 5 soldiers
Baghdad: Two bombings targeting an army checkpoint and a convoy near the Iraqi capital killed five soldiers today, officials said.
Violence has been on the rise across Iraq since a deadly crackdown by government forces on a Sunni protest camp in April, raising fears that the country could see a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed similar to that which brought the country to the edge of civil war in 2006 and 2007.
The first attack took place when a roadside bomb blast hit a military convoy near Musayyib, a town 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of Baghdad, killing three soldiers and wounding 10, officials said.
Shortly before sunset, police said two soldiers were killed and nine were wounded when a suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden car into an army checkpoint in Baghdad`s western suburbs of Abu Ghraib.
Two medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to talk to journalists.
Today`s attack came a day after deadly bombings across Iraq that targeted cafes, markets and restaurants, leaving 69 dead. Insurgents frequently target the security forces, as well as Shiite civilians and others in an attempt to undermine the Shiite-led government.
Download the all new Zee News app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with latest headlines and news stories in Politics, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, Business and much more from India and around the world.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Helicopter ferrying 6 pilgrims, woman pilot crashes near Katra
- Growing sense of despondency in India from last 6-8 months: Aamir Khan
- 8th Ramnath Goenka Awards: Sudhir Chaudhary awarded for Excellence in Journalism
- Tejashwi Yadav takes charge as Deputy CM of Bihar
- Arvind Kejriwal clarifies his friendly gesture with Lalu Prasad Yadav
- Swaragini: Ragini gets caught in her own trap; Swara slaps her
- Rahul's mails nail Peter Mukerjea's involvement in Sheena Bora murder case?
- Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh bypoll results: As it happened on November 24
- Lesson for jihadi aspirants? ISIS says Indians not good enough as 6 out of 23 fighters from India are killed
- Aamir Khan feels intolerance growing in India, says his wife suggested moving out of India