Three Baghdad suicide attacks kill 16 in fresh violence as Musayyib attack death toll rises to nearly 100
Violence continued in Iraq Sunday, as three suicide car bombers targeted Iraqi and U.S. security patrols, killing 16 people in the latest wave of suicide attacks after days of intense violence.
The first suicide attack killed two policemen and one civilian in the eastern New Baghdad neighborhood of the capital, police 1st Lt. Mohammed Jasim said. The attack also wounded seven policemen, some seriously, and one other civilian.
Around an hour later, a second suicide car bomber exploded near a police convoy near the Bay'a bus station in southern Baghdad, killing three police commandos and four civilians, Capt. Talib Thamir said. Three civilians were also injured in that blast.
A third suicide car bomb missed a U.S. convoy but struck two minibuses, killing six civilians in Mahmoudiya, a town about 20 miles south of Baghdad, police Capt. Rashid al-Samarie said. Nine others were also wounded in the attack.
Meanwhile, the death toll from Saturday's attack in Al-Musayyib, some 40 miles south of Baghdad, has risen to at least 98. The explosion occurred as dozens of people were heading to the mosque in the center of the town for the sunset prayers. Dozens of other people, who usually go out in the late afternoon when the worst of the heat ebbs, were strolling about nearby shops and restaurants.
Also on Saturday, a U.S. soldier was killed and two others injured in a bomb attack in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said, according to The AP.