BAGHDAD — At least 27 people were killed in a wave of bombings in mostly Shi'ite Muslim areas of Baghdad on Saturday, police and medics said, in the deadliest day of attacks in the capital since a Sunni insurgency overran large parts of Iraq's north last month. In the first explosion, a suicide car bomber drove into a police checkpoint, killing nine people including seven policemen and wounding 21 people in the south of the capital, the sources said.
Four other car bombs killed a total of 19 people, including two bombings in northern Baghdad's Kadhimiya, the site of a major Shi'ite shrine. One person was killed when a bomb laid on the side of a road exploded in the mixed Sunni-Shi'ite district of Saydiya in southern Baghdad later in the day. No person or group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that seized large parts of northern Iraq last month, has claimed several suicide bombings in the capital. Its latest claim was for a bombing that killed three people on Thursday.
First published July 19 2014, 3:30 PM