Baghdad bombings kill at least 25
BAGHDAD - Reuters
REUTERS photoTwo suicide bombings that killed about 25 people in Baghdad on June 9 were claimed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), whose stronghold of Falluja near the capital is surrounded by Iraqi forces which are now advancing on the city.
The -hardline Sunni insurgents said one attack was carried out with a car laden with explosives and the second with an explosive vest.
Iraqi forces began an offensive against Falluja, 50 kilometers west of Baghdad, on May 23 after a series of deadly bombings hit Shi’ite districts of the capital. The troops yesterday began advancing against the militants inside the city, after completing its encirclement last week.
A police officer said a suicide car bomb had targeted a commercial street of Baghdad al-Jadeeda (New Baghdad), in the east of the capital, killing 17 people and wounding over 50.
A man wearing an explosive belt blew himself up at checkpoint near the barracks of Taji, just north of Baghdad, killing seven soldiers and wounding more than 20, he said.