More violence near Iraq's capital leaves dozens wounded
At least nine people have been killed in bombing and shelling by Takfiri militants in a region south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
The attacks by the al-Qaeda splinter Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) also left around 20 people injured in the Mahmudiyah area south of Baghdad on Wednesday.
The bombing took place in a busy market while shellfire struck different parts of the region.
On June 10, the ISIL militants took control of the Nineveh provincial capital Mosul, in a lightning advance, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital Baghdad.
The ISIL has vowed to continue its raid towards the capital Baghdad. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki has said that the country’s security forces would confront the terrorists, calling the seizure of Mosul a “conspiracy".
Soldiers of the Iraqi army have been engaged in heavy fighting with the militants in the different fronts and have so far been able to push back militants in several areas.