Friday, May 19, 2017

Car Bombings in Baghdad Kill 11, Wound 20; First Attack Hits Police Area, 2nd Busy Street

Two car bombings in southwestern Baghdad tonight killed 11 people -- including four police officers -- and wounded at least 20 more, the Newsmax website reports today (May 19, 2017).

Officials say the first attack targeted a police checkpoint. Moments later, the second blast hit a nearby street crowded with civilians.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, but the attacks bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State (IS) group, which has claimed similar bombings in the past.

The bombings come as Iraqi forces are slowly moving in on the last neighborhoods held by the Islamic State group in Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.

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