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At least 12 killed in double Baghdad car bomb attack

Officials have said the death toll may rise as there are also multiple injuries Credit: .

At least 12 people have been killed, and 39 others injured, after two separate car bombs went off in Baghdad today.

According to police sources security forces were the intended targets of the two bombs - one of which went off at a security checkpoint in the northern al-Husseiniya district and the other of which hit an army convoy in Arab al-Jabour.

Officials told Reuters no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts has been made.

At least 26 killed in suicide attack outside Baghdad

Iskandariya is arounf 25 miles south of the capital Credit: Bing Maps

At least 26 people have reportedly been killed, and 71 others injured, in a suicide attack at a park outside Baghdad.

According to Reuters the security head in Babel province where the bomb, claimed by so-called Islamic State, went off confirmed an attacker detonated an explosive belt in Iskandariya at around 7.15pm local time on Friday.

The blast, 25 miles south of the capital, went off at the end of an amateur soccer game.


At least 60 killed in suicide bombing south of Baghdad

At least 60 people have reportedly been killed after a suicide truck bomb exploded south of Baghdad.

Security officials said it was the largest bombing in the province to date Credit: Google Maps

According to security officials so-called Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the attack which saw a an explosive-laden fuel tanker detonate at an Iraqi police checkpoint.

More than 70 people were also injured in the attack.


Baghdad death doll rises to 'at least 27' in bomb blasts

Civilians inspect a bomb site in the Jihad neighborhood in Baghdad. Credit: PA

At least 27 people have been killed in a series of bombings across Baghdad today, including three which were detonated in just 10 minutes.

The attacks are among the most significant in Baghdad since insurgents led by the Islamic State extremist group captured Iraq's second-largest city Mosul last month at the start of its blitz across Iraq.

Locals inspect the damage after a bomb ripped through houses and shop premises. Credit: PA

Today's deadliest bombing took place in the Shiite neighbourhood of Abu Dashir, where a suicide attacker rammed a car packed with explosives into a checkpoint, killing at least nine people and injuring 19, officials said.

Four policemen were among the dead, a police officer said.

A woman weeps at the scene of a bomb site. Credit: Reuters
  1. Geraint Vincent

More soldiers, more guns: Baghdad prepares for war

The scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad today. Credit: Reuters

There are conflicting reports as to who is prevailing in the fighting in Baquba - the Isis extremists or the government - but it is very close to Baghdad: less than 40 miles away.

I have seen more soldiers on the streets of Baghdad today than there usually are, and they are carrying heavier weaponry than they usually do.

Amongst the ordinary population we have had some reports of panic-buying, people stockpiling food and water, and supermarkets running out of stock.

Tragically, this is a city well used to terrorism. Today, there was a roadside bomb in the centre of Baghdad which killed three people.

The population is now once again getting used to the prospect of Baghdad becoming a full-on war zone. It is a frightening possibility for them.

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