1 killed, 6 wounded in car bomb attack in Baghdad

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-30 15:28:24|Editor: Zhang Dongmiao
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BAGHDAD, May 30 (Xinhua) -- At least one civilian was killed and six others wounded on Tuesday in a car bomb explosion at a crowded area in downtown Iraqi capital Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

The attack occurred shortly after 9:00 a.m. local time (0600 GMT) when a booby-trapped car went off at the busy intersection near al-Shuhadaa Bridge, which cross the Tigris River in central Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The toll could rise as ambulances and civilian cars evacuated the killed and wounded people to several nearby hospitals and medical centers, the source said.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State (IS) militant group, in most cases, is responsible for such deadly attacks, targeting areas where crowds of people gather, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.

The attack came hours after a suicide car bomb attack claimed by IS group near an ice cream parlor in Karrada neighborhood in downtown Baghdad, that killed 11 people and wounded 75 others.

The attacks came as the Iraqi security forces backed by anti-IS international coalition are carrying out a major offensive to drive out the IS militants from their major stronghold in the western side of Mosul in northern Iraq.