Explosives-laden cars kill 12, wounds 30 in Baghdad

An Iraqi soldier inspects the remains of a vehicle at the scene of a car bomb explosion in Baghdad's Sadr City district on 16 May 2013. (Photo: AFP - Ahmad al-Rubaye)

Published Thursday, May 16, 2013

Updated: 1:00 pm Two car bombs exploded in Iraq's capital Thursday morning, killing at least 12 civilians and wounding 30, officials said.

Baghdad police said the first blast struck a bus and taxi stop around rush hour in the eastern Sadr City neighborhood. Among the five killed was a 7-year old child, and 16 people were wounded, two officers said.

Another car bomb hit a small market at a taxi stop in the eastern suburb of Kamaliya, killing three civilians and wounding 14 others, they said.

A medical official in a nearby hospital confirmed the casuality figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

The attack followed a wave of bombings Wednesday that struck seven different areas of Baghdad, killing at least 33 people. Seven of them died in Sadr City.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Thursday blamed sectarian intolerance for a surge of violence in Iraq.

"The bloodshed today is a result of sectarian hatred," Maliki said in televised remarks. "These crimes are a natural result of the sectarian mindset."

Violence in Iraq has fallen from its peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks remain common, killing more than 200 people in each of the first four months of this year.

(AP, AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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