Iraq: Attacks across Baghdad kills 15 people, wound over 50
Sept.2, Baghdad: Iraqi officials says a series of attacks across Baghdad, including one that hit a weapons warehouse and set off munitions sending a huge plume of smoke over the Iraqi capital, killed 15 people and wounded over 50 on Friday.
The attacks underscore the poor security situation in the Iraqi capital, which has been subject to several recent large-scale attacks, including a July shopping center bombing that killed nearly 300 people, according to reports.
At least three rockets landed in eastern Baghdad, killing five people and wounding 15, police officials said.
The morning attack hit a weapons storage facility, according to an Associated Press reporter at the scene. Residents said the weapons belonged to the powerful Shiite militia group Asaib Ahl al-Haq and militia members were present at the scene of the attack.
The weapons' cache blast set off munitions that were stored there, sending a huge plume of smoke over the city skyline.
According to reports, in the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Ghazaliya, a bomb struck a shopping street, killing two people and wounding eight. Two bomb attacks on fruit and vegetable markets across the city killed five people and wounded 20, officials from the Interior Ministry said.
The Oslo Times International News Network