Baghdad Motorbike Bomb Kills Dozens
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - At least 42 people have been killed after a motorcycle rigged with explosives was detonated in Baghdad's Sadr City and armed men targeted mostly Shiite neighborhoods around the country.
The motorcycle was parked in a second-hand market in the Shiite Muslim neighborhood that sells used bikes and was filled with people, mostly young men, when it exploded late on Thursday afternoon, killing 31 and wounding 51 others, Iraqi medical and police sources said.
Storefront windows were shattered and shoes and motorcycle parts were strewn around the market.
It was not clear who was behind the bombing but violence against Shitte Muslims is often blamed on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a group that al-Qaeda central leadership has disowned.
In other violence Thursday, four people died from bombs on two different mini-buses in Shiite sections of Baghdad, Reuters reported.
An attacker smashed his explosives-packed vehicle into a checkpoint, killing three soldiers and wounding six others in Mushaada, a district, in northern Baghdad, police said.
In Salahuddin province, a pro-government checkpoint in the town of Shirqat was hit by a bomb that killed two fighters and wounded four others, police said.
Also to the north in Tuz Khurmatu, a bomb in an outdoor marketplace frequented by Shiite Turkmen killed two people and wounded 11 others.
Baghdad has been hit by wave after wave of bombings since April as the precarious peace enjoyed since the end of Iraq's sectarian war in 2008 has unravelled.
Explosives and suicide bombs have been favored by fighters as they seek to target Shiite areas and intimidate their own religious community.
The latest bloodshed comes as the prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, wages a war against Arab fighters in western Anbar province neighboring Syria, and has become a base for ISIL.