Iraq: Baghdad bombings kill 13 at busy café
A convoy of the Iraqi security forces patrols a street after local police took control of the Southern area of the city of Ramadi, west of the capital Baghdad in the Anbar province, on March 16, 2014. (AFP)
Two coordinated bombing attacks at a Baghdad café late on Wednesday night killed 13 people, officials reported Thursday.
The attacks, which took place in the Washash area of Western Baghdad, push Wednesday’s deathtoll in Iraq to at least 46, according to Agence France Presse (AFP).
The bombings hit the Washash café around 9pm on Wednesday evening, killing 13 and wounding 40, Iraqi officials said Thursday after revising the previous day’s devastation.
The first attack was a car bomb that went off outside the café, AFP reported. It was quickly followed by a suicide attack, officials speaking on the condition of anonymity said.
Also in and around Baghdad, eight people were killed. Four policemen were killed by a booby-trapped corpse north of the capital, according to AFP.
In the restive Anbar provinces, where government forces have been battling Al Qaeda fighters since December, 15 were killed in Fallujah and 40 injured.
Iraq is currently in the grip of the worst outbreak of sectarian violence since the country was on the brink of civil war in 2006-2007.
According to an AFP tally, more than 300 have been killed so far this month and upwards of 2,000 since the beginning of 2014.