Baghdad: Back-to-back bombings at a
vegetable market south of Baghdad this afternoon killed at
least five people, an Iraqi medical official said.
The blasts in Iskandariyah, about 50 km south of
Baghdad, also wounded at least 20 people, according to Dr
Nahid al-Maamouri of the Iskandariyah Hospital.
The first explosion came around 4:45 pm, during the
busy afternoon shopping hours ahead of the Muslim weekend. The
second bomb hit about five minutes later, witnesses said, as
people rushed to the attack scene to help.
The area was once controlled by Sunni insurgents, who
have been waging sporadic attacks in an apparent effort to
reassert their influence in former strongholds.
Nearby, gunmen killed a member of a Sunni militia
formed to battle insurgents just hours earlier today.
Police Maj Muthana Khalid said a member of a so-called
Awakening Council unit or Sahwa was killed in a drive-by
shooting near his house just outside Iskandariyah.
Suspected Sunni insurgents often target members of the
civilian militias that allied with Iraqi and US forces.