11 killed, 35 wounded in Baghdad car bomb attack

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-30 19:20:06|Editor: Zhou Xin
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BAGHDAD, May 30 (Xinhua) -- Up to 11 people were killed and some 35 others wounded on Tuesday morning in a car bomb explosion in downtown Iraqi capital Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

"Our reports said that 11 people were killed and 35 wounded by the car bomb attack near the Shuhadaa intersection in central Baghdad," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The incident took place 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, according to the source.

The blast destroyed several nearby cars and caused damage to many shops and buildings, the source said, adding that three policemen were among the wounded and the rest were civilians.

Earlier, the source put the toll at three people killed and 17 others wounded.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State (IS) militant group, in most cases, is responsible for such 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 two attacks occurred while 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.