47 killed in Baghdad attacks – Al-Tahrir News Network

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At least 47 people were killed when several car bombs targeted Shiite dominated areas in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad.

The attacks come amid the country’s struggle to hold back the onslaught of the Sunni extremist group, the Islamic State.

Shiite political figure said the attacks are part of a surge of violence in Shiite neighbourhoods in recent weeks, were revenge attacks by Islamic State, which has seized control of much of northern Iraq are targeted against the Shiite population.

In Baghdad’s northern district of Al-Talibeyah, a man drove a car laden with explosives near a restaurant, killing 9 people and wounding 23 others.

The attack was followed by a pair of car bombs that exploded in the district of Al-Dawlai in western Baghdad, killing 16 people and wounding 35.

Minutes after, five mortar rounds hit the neighbouring Shiite district of Al-Shaula, killing another five and wounding 21 others.

Three others were also killed in a bomb blast near a row of coffee shops in the Shiite district of Allawi.

The sectarian strife between the Sunni and Shia sects of Islam erupted into widespread carnage following the invasion of Iraq by the US in 2003.

Violence in Iraq after Islamic State seized Iraq’s second city, Mosul, and much of the north last June, threatening to march on the capital, Baghdad.

Last Saturday, at least 45 people were killed when several car bombs rocked majority Shiite areas, in and around Baghdad.