Attack on cafe in northern Iraq kills 13

Published May 13th, 2016 - 01:00 GMT
Iraqi walk past stalls at Oraiba market on May 12, 2016, a day after it was struck by a car bomb attack in the frequently targeted Sadr City area of northern Baghdad. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
Iraqi walk past stalls at Oraiba market on May 12, 2016, a day after it was struck by a car bomb attack in the frequently targeted Sadr City area of northern Baghdad. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

At least 13 people were killed Friday in an armed attack on a café in the northern Iraqi province of Saladin, police said.

Twenty-three others were injured when three attackers stormed the coffee shop in Balad city and opened fire on the crowd, police officer Muhsin al-Ubaidi, told Anadolu Agency.

The incident comes a day after five Iraqis lost their lives in suicide bombings claimed by Daesh in Abu Ghraib city, west of Baghdad.

Earlier this week, at least 93 people were killed and scores were injured in Baghdad in a series of bombings for which Daesh claimed responsibility.

Iraq has been dogged by rampant insecurity since 2014, when Daesh overran the northern city of Mosul and declared a self-styled “caliphate” in parts of Iraq and Syria.


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