Dozens die in Iraq bombings

Three bombings in Baghdad have killed at least 61 people and wounded more than 100 people, continuing a deadly spate of attacks in the Iraqi capital.

Police and medical sources say a suicide bombing on Tuesday in a marketplace in the northern, mainly Shia district of al-Shaab killed 38 people and wounded over 70, while a car bomb in the nearby Sadr City left at least 19 more dead and 17 wounded.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group claimed responsibility of the al-Shaab attack, which it said was carried out by a man identified as Abu Khattab al-Iraqi.

it said the bomber threw hand grenades and then detonated a suicide belt.

A spokesperson for the Baghdad Operations Command said the attacker detonated an explosives-filled vest in coordination with a planted bomb.

“Initial investigations revealed that the bomber was a woman,” he said.

Another car bomb, in the mixed Shia-Sunni southern Baghdad neighbourhood of al-Rasheed, killed six and wounded 21.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks in al-Rasheed and Sadr City, but ISIL has claimed a series of other attacks in and near Baghdad that have killed more than 100 people in seven days.

“The spike in deadly bomb attacks across Baghdad, in predominantly Shia areas, will outrage anyone who places value on human life.  “Today’s sickening attacks, carried out in daytime in areas well known to be frequented by civilians such as busy markets, display a total disregard for the lives of civilians and the fundamental principles of international humanitarian law,” Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, James Lynch said.

Previous attacks
Attacks claimed by ISIL in around Baghdad last week killed more than 100 people, leading to anger on the streets over the government’s failure to ensure security.

Attacks in Baghdad decreased following a June 2014 ISIL offensive that saw its fighters focus on holding territory and fighting battles in other areas and large quantities of explosives used in areas outside Baghdad.

Iraqi forces have regained significant ground from the group and the frequency of attacks in Baghdad has increased in recent weeks.

The attacks have cranked up pressure on Iraq’s Prime Minister,  Haider al-Abadi, to resolve a political crisis or risk losing control of parts of Baghdad even as the military wages a counteroffensive against ISIL in Iraq’s north and west with the help of a US-led coalition.