Twin bombings in Baghdad bird market kill one, wound 11
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – One person was killed and 11 others wounded in a double explosion on Wednesday night in a Shia-majority neighborhood of northwest Baghdad, said a security source and witnesses.
The security source told Kurdistan 24 that the blasts were caused by two bombs set off at a market at which several merchants sell birds in the Shula district. The neighborhood is a stronghold of cleric and top vote-getter in Iraq's recent parliamentary election, Muqtada al-Sadr.
The source and eyewitnesses confirmed that, aside from the one fatality, the twin blasts wounded eleven others, all of whom were taken to the hospital for treatment.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the explosions, but the Islamic State (IS) has announced it was behind several other similar attacks in Baghdad and across the country in recent months.
Despite a humiliating defeat late last year, the militant group continues to launch bombings, ambushes, kidnappings, suicide attacks, and execution-style killings in multiple provinces in Iraq and its disputed territories.
In a monthly statement released on Sunday, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said that, in June, 76 Iraqi civilians were killed “in acts of terrorism, violence, and armed conflict” while another 129 were injured by such attacks.
The figures do not include casualties among members of the police or military, but rather "ordinary citizens, and others considered civilian at the time of death or injury, such as police in non-combat functions, civil defense, personal security teams, facilities protection police and fire department personnel,” the statement read.
According to UNAMI, statistics included in the report "are estimates as the organization has been prevented from properly verifying casualties in some areas of the country... where the figures are provided by the Health Directorate and usually do not reflect the actual casualty count."
On Wednesday, Iraq’s Ministry of Defense announced that its forces had captured an arms-dealer in Anbar Province who was also the writer of the infamous poem, “We Are the Organization Named al-Qaeda.” The poem was publicly recited and sung during 2012 demonstrations in Ramadi, something that then Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki used as a justification for increased security operations.