Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

14 die in Baghdad market blasts

Two bombs exploded in a Baghdad market, killing at least nine people and wounding 50, witnesses said

Fourteen people have been killed and more than 100 wounded in a double bombing at a busy market in a Shiite neighbourhood of Baghdad.

The two bombs tore through the market while people were shopping before the heat of the day, said police.

They said 106 were wounded.

At least 125 Iraqis have been killed over the last two weeks in bombings and shootings that have mostly targeted Shiite Muslims and government security forces. It has been one of the deadliest periods since the last American troops withdrew six months ago.

Earlier on Friday, gunmen opened fire on a police checkpoint in western Baghdad, killing three officers.

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