Suicide bombings in Iraq kill at least 48 near Baghdad

Published March 1st, 2016 - 07:00 GMT
Iraqi security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb blast in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on May 9, 2015. (AFP/File)
Iraqi security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb blast in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on May 9, 2015. (AFP/File)

A suicide bombing killed at least 40 people at a funeral in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala while a separate suicide attack killed eight members of the security forces at a security checkpoint on Baghdad's western outskirts, police reported on Monday.

The attack in Muqdadiyah, located 80 kilometers northeast of Baghdad, killed six local commanders of the Hashid Shaabi umbrella group of Shia militias who were attending the funeral of a commander's relative, security officials and police in Diyala said. An additional 58 people injured, the sources said.

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack on Twitter, according to a site monitoring the group's social media.

The attack on the Shia commanders is likely to escalate sectarian tensions in the province. Two of the targeted commanders were from the Badr Organization while the other four were from the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia.

According to Human Rights Watch, armed Shia men abducted and killed civilians in the Muqdadiyah area following the attack,  burning homes and mosques.

Although a year has passed since Iraqi officials declared victory in Diyala, a significant territory in the eastern province bordering Iran, Daesh has remained active in the area.

A separate attack on the western Baghdad outskirts of Abu Ghraib was carried out following an offensive by Daesh fighters on army positions in the same area on Sunday. The attack left 24 people dead but was repelled by counterextremism forces.

Monday's attacks follow the deadliest bombing in Baghdad so far in 2016, which saw 78 people killed in a Shia district on Sunday.


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