Wave of Baghdad car bombs kills 15, wounds 36 in two days

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Published Monday, November 17, 2014

Four car bombs exploded in the Iraqi capital in two days, killing at least 15 people and wounding more than 36 others in total, security and medical officials said.

Two car bombs exploded in the Iraqi capital on Monday, killing at least 12 people and wounding at least 29, a day after two others exploded near Baghdad’s international airport area, killing three people and wounding 12 others in total.

On Monday, the first car bomb exploded on a main commercial street in the Mashtal area of east Baghdad, while the other hit a similar road in Amriyah in the capital's west.

There was no immediate claim for the attacks but the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadist group has claimed multiple car bombs in Baghdad in recent weeks.

On Sunday, the first car bomb attack targeted a United Nations convoy near Baghdad’s heavily guarded international airport, wounding five people.

Five people were wounded, but UN said in a statement that there were no injuries among its staff.

The UN said a three-vehicle convoy was hit by an explosion on its way from the airport to Baghdad's highly-fortified Green Zone, where its headquarters are located.

"No UN personnel were killed or injured in the incident and all proceeded safely back to the UN compound. One of the vehicles sustained serious damage," it said.

"The unfortunate incident this morning will not deter the UN from continuing its work in support of Iraq and its people, who have lived with violence for too long," UN Iraq envoy Nickolay Mladenov said.

Twitter accounts that support ISIS distributed messages saying the group claimed responsibility for the attack by what they described as "the first" suicide bomber "to receive the Americans" exiting from the airport. However, security and police sources gave no indication that any Americans had been targeted.

An airport official said authorities tightened security while air traffic was normal.

The second roadside bomb exploded in a commercial area of Baghdad about five kilometers from the airport, killing three people and wounding seven.

Baghdad is hit by near-daily bombings and shootings that kill hundreds of people each month.

Security forces, despite being deployed at checkpoints and other positions across the city, are consistently unable to prevent attacks.

The violence comes as Iraqi security forces and pro-government fighters battle to push back ISIS, which has seized significant Iraqi territory since June.

They are backed by the US-led anti-ISIS coalition that has been bombing Iraq since September and has so far billed Iraq $260 million, despite the failure to stop the militants' advances.

(Reuters, AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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