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23 April 2024

26 killed in car bomb blasts in Iraq

Iraqi women walk past the tomb (centre) of two unidentified Arab fighters buried in the Martyrs Cemetery of Baghdad on February 7, 2013. 26 people were killed in two explosions in Iraq today (AFP)

By Reuters

At least 26 people died in a series of car bomb explosions in markets in Iraq on Friday, police and hospital sources said.

 In the district of Kadhimiya in the capital Baghdad, 13 people were killed when a car bomb blew up inside a bird market, followed by a second blast just 100 metres (yards) away around one minute later.

 A further 13 people were killed in two car bomb explosions at a vegetable market in the city of Hilla, 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad.

Violence has fallen from the height of inter-communal strife that killed tens of thousands in 2006-2007, but insurgents have continued to carry out at least one high-casualty attack a month since the U.S. withdrawal in December 2011.