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18 killed in bomb attacks across Iraq

Members of the Iraqi security force pose as they guard the site of a suicide attack at Imam al-Kadhim University. Credit: Reuters\Ahmed Saad

A succession of attacks, including an organised assault on a private Shiite college in Baghdad, has killed at least 18 people and wounded 50 across Iraq.

Today's deadliest attack took place outside the southern city of Samawah, where two car bombs exploded simultaneously in a commercial area, killing seven civilians and wounding 17, police said. The Shiite city is located 230 miles south east of Baghdad.

A dramatic attack on a college in Baghdad killed four policemen and wounded another 18 people.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the bombings.

11 killed in Iraq violence

A suicide bomber attacked an army checkpoint north of Iraq's capital - part of a day of violence that left 11 people dead throughout the country.

Police said the suicide bomber killed five soldiers and injured eight others in Mishada, 20 miles north of the capital.

Police also said two bombs planted in Baghdad's predominantly Sunni neighbourhood of Dora killed four people. Later, police said a roadside bomb killed two soldiers on patrol and wounded five people in Tarmiyah, 30 miles north of Baghdad.


Bombings kill 19 in Baghdad

19 people have died after two bomb attacks targeted a commercial street and market in the same neighbourhood of northern Baghdad.

The attacked happened when a car bomb exploded in a commercial street in Azamiyah, killing 12 people and wounding 28, police said.

Minutes later a second bomb exploded near a market, killing seven and wounding 27.

'Insufficient evidence' on unlawful killings claim

Lawyers representing families of dead Iraqis admitted there was "insufficient evidence" to back their claims British soldiers unlawfully killed civilians nearly a decade ago.

From the outset the families have had the simple objective of discovering the extent of any wrongdoing and, if so, how it came about and who was responsible.

It is accepted that, on the material which has been disclosed to date, there is insufficient evidence to support a finding of unlawful killing in Camp Abu Naji.

– John Dickinson, of Public Interest Lawyers

The Iraqi core participants will not submit that, on the balance of probabilities, live Iraqis captured in the course of the battle died or were killed at Camp Abu Naji.

– Patrick O'Connor QC confirming PIL's position to inquiry

However, PIL said there were still allegations of mistreatment of prisoners for the inquiry to consider.

The Al-Sweady Inquiry is examining allegations British troops mistreated and killed 20 or more Iraqi detainees after the Battle of Danny Boy in May 2004. The MoD has vigorously denied the claims, saying any deaths occurred on the battlefield.

Families drop claims of unlawful killings against troops

Claims that British troops unlawfully killed Iraqis a decade ago have been dropped by the families of the deceased who admitted there was "insufficient evidence."

Families have dropped claims that British soldiers unlawfully killed Iraqi civilians. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive

On the last full day of evidence at the year-long Al-Sweady Inquiry, Public Interest Lawyers, who are representing the families of the deceased, said there had been "insufficient evidence" to back their allegations that civilians were killed while in British troops' custody in May 2004.

PIL said it came to the decision after the end of military evidence and "the current state of disclosure by the Ministry of Defence".

The inquiry has heard evidence from hundreds of witnesses both here and abroad, at a cost of more than £22 million.

Read: Al-Sweady inquiry claims 'not supported by evidence'

Unlawful killing claims against UK troops are dropped

Allegations British soldiers unlawfully killed Iraqi civilians a decade ago are not supported by evidence heard by a public inquiry investigating their deaths, a lawyer acting for the families of the dead told the Al-Sweady Inquiry in London today.

The inquiry has been examining claims that UK soldiers murdered 20 or more Iraqis, and tortured detainees after the "Battle of Danny Boy" in Maysan Province, southern Iraq, in May 2004.


Israel seizes munitions shipment 'from Iran to Gaza'

The Israeli army says it has seized a large shipment of munitions being sent from Iran to Palestinian groups on the Gaza Strip.

An Israeli Defence Forces Twitter account shared the following images:


Our forces have unloaded these weapons from #Iran onto #Israel's shores. Later today, we will tweet all the evidence


#EXCLUSIVE: Mortars from #Iran's weapons shipment to terrorists. The weapons are safely on #Israel's shores #IranFail


Iraq: Minibus suicide bomber 'kills 32'

A suicide bomber driving a minibus packed with explosives killed at least 32 people and wounded 147 on Sunday in the southern Iraqi city of Hilla, police and medical sources have told the Reuters news agency.

The attacker approached a main checkpoint at a northern entrance to the largely Shi'ite Muslim city and detonated the minibus, a police officer said.

At least 50 cars were set ablaze with passengers trapped inside and part of the checkpoint complex was destroyed, the officer added.

Deadly Iraq blast targeted secondhand market

The bomb blast that killed at least 31 people in Iraq's capital Baghdad today struck a secondhand market in the eastern Sadr City district.

A motorcycle bomb had been slipped in among the other bikes on display, officials said.

Read: At least 31 dead in Iraq motorcycle bombing

Meanwhile, two other bombs struck across the capital, targeting minibuses transporting labourers at the end of the workday.

Nine people were killed and 25 injured in the two minibus attacks, authorities said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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