Baghdad Under Attacks on Imam Javad Martyrdom Anniversary

VIDEO: Multiple Attacks Across Iraq Capital Kill 15, Wound Over 50

Fri Sep 2, 2016 19:16:56

A series of attacks across Baghdad, including the morning attack which hit weapons warehouse of powerful Shiite militia group Asaib Ahl Al Haq , killed 15 people and wounded over 50 on Friday, AP reports.

In other attack at least 3 rockets landed in eastern Baghdad, killing five people and wounding 15, police officials said.

In the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Ghazaliya, a bomb struck a shopping street, killing two people and wounding eight, police said.

Two bomb attacks on fruit and vegetable markets across the city killed five people and wounded 20, officials from the Interior Ministry said.

Meanwhile, a bomb attack on a commercial area in western Baghdad killed three people and wounded eight, according to police and hospital officials.

Friday also marked the martyrdom anniversary of the ninth Shiite Imam- Imam Javad. Pilgrims descended on the Kadhimiya shrine in Baghdad to commemorate the day, but none of the attacks wounded pilgrims or hit near the shrine.

Late Thursday night, an attack on Iraqi security forces killed nine fighters and wounded 15, according to Karim al-Nouri, the spokesman for Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces. He said that Shiite fighters were among the dead.

The Salaheddin Operations Command - the unit that overseas Iraqi military operations in the province where Tikrit is located - confirmed the attack.

It comes just days after Iraqi forces retook a town south of the militant-held city of Mosul. Iraqi forces are conducting a number of small-scale operations around Mosul in an effort to cut ISIS supply lines in and out of the city.

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