Update: Death toll from triple car bomb attack on Baghdad rises to 93

Published May 11th, 2016 - 04:39 GMT
Iraqi army officials inspect the aftermath of Wednesday's car bomb attacks. (Twitter)
Iraqi army officials inspect the aftermath of Wednesday's car bomb attacks. (Twitter)

Three separate car bombings in Baghdad killed at least 93 people and injured at least 165 on Wednesday.
Daesh claimed responsibility for all three attacks.

In recent months, the militant group lost Iraqi territory it previously overrun in 2014. Wednesday's attacks showed the group's ability to still execute significant attacks across the country and in the heart of the capital.

In Wednesday's largest attack, a car bomb detonated in a shopping area in the Shia neighborhood of Sadr City Wednesday morning, leaving at least 63 people dead and 65 injured.

In the afternoon, two additional car bombs killed at least 30 and wounded 80, according to police officials. One bomb targeted northern Baghdad neighborhood of Jamiya, killing 12 and wounding 46.

The other attack targeted a police station in Baghdad's northwest Kadhimiyah neighborhood, killing 18, including five policemen, and wounding 34. 

Casualty figures were confirmed by medical officials, through these spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to brief the press.

The Daesh group, which views Shia Muslims as apostates, claimed the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber, however Iraqi officials rejected this claim.

Daesh announced that Wednesday's attacks targeted Shia militiamen through online statements on a website commonly used by the Sunni militants.

Baghdad's Sadr City is a stronghold of supporters of influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr who have been holding protests and sit-ins for months to demand an overhaul of the political system put in place by the United States following the 2003 overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

In February, Daesh conducting several devastating back-to-back market bombings in Sadr City, killing at least 73 people.

 


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