Bombings in Baghdad Kill 16
Another series of deadly bombings struck the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Thursday, leaving at least 16 people dead and over 50 injured, according to local officials.
Four car bombs and a roadside bomb exploded in different locations across the city. The worst attack took place at a bus station in Kadhimiyah, northern Baghdad; seven people were killed and 24 injured in this attack. Another car bomb was detonated in Baladiyat, and may have been targeting the offices of a television station linked to Shi’ite militants.
Jut a day before a deadly blast at a Baghdad café left 17 people dead, and Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki vowed to push forward with a campaign against insurgents.
“The operation that we started in chasing terrorists, and those who stand behind them, will continue until we protect our people,” Maliki said.
The prime minister also claimed that over 800 militants had been arrested and dozens killed in operations already, and that security forces had destroyed bomb making militant infrastructures and seized large amounts of both weapons and explosives.
This year has seen a marked increase in violence from Sunni militants, including al Qaeda and associated terrorist group. This is driven by anger over Shi’ite majority rule which many Sunni’s feel does not address the needs of their community. Sectarian tensions are also fuelled by the Syrian Contagion. According to figures compiled by news agency AFP an average of 15 people have died in sectarian violence every day this year, bringing the total up to 3,450.