Car bombings kill 34 Iraqis
13 January, 2014
BAGHDAD: Two car bombs targeted on Sunday morning commuters in Baghdad, killing at least 34 civilians, officials said, amid an ongoing standoff between Iraqi forces and al-Qaeda-linked militants west of the Iraqi capital.
The blasts came a day after a senior US official wrapped up a three-day visit to Iraq to meet with top political leaders to discuss the security crisis in the vast Sunni-dominated province of Anbar.
The deadliest blast occurred at a bustling bus station in central Baghdad when an explosives-laden car exploded outside, killing at least nine people and wounding 16, a police officer said. Thousands of people use the bus station every day or pass through the area. Last Thursday, a suicide bomber blew himself up among a group of security force recruits nearby, killing nearly two dozen.
Another parked car bomb targeted a gathering of buses and taxis in Baghdad's northern Hurriyah neighbourhood, killing four civilians and wounding 12, the same police officer said.
Two medical officials confirmed the causality figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to release the information. The attacks come as Iraqi security forces and allied Sunni tribal militias in Anbar have been battling al-Qaeda-linked militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.