Car bomb attacks kill 20 people in Baghdad

A series of car bombings targeting a Shiite mosque and markets in the Iraqi capital killed at least 20 people on Friday, officials said, in the second straight day of attacks in Baghdad blamed on Islamic militants who have seized large parts of the country.

In the day’s deadliest attack, a parked explosives-packed car detonated near the al-Mubarak mosque in central Baghdad’s mostly Shia district of Karradah, killing eight people and wounding 18 others, police said. Cars later exploded in two outdoor markets, one in the Shia suburb of Nahrawan and the other in the Shia district of Bayaa. The attacks together killed nine people and wounded 23, according to police.

Just south of Baghdad, yet another car bomb went off on a parking lot in Mahmoudiyah town, killing three and wounding 10, said police. Medical officials confirmed the casualty tolls. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief the media. 


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