Mortar, bombing in Baghdad kill six, including four children

  • Reuters, Baghdad
  • Updated: Jul 28, 2016 00:56 IST
Civilians gather at the scene of a suicide bombing at the northern neighborhood of Shula, Baghdad, Iraq, on Wednesday. (AP)

A mortar attack south of Baghdad at a camp for people displaced from the war with Islamic State killed four children and a woman on Wednesday, while a separate suicide bombing in a northern district killed a policeman, security sources said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for either attack. The ultra-hardline Sunni Muslim militants of Islamic State regularly bomb security forces and civilian areas in the capital. Mortar attacks are less frequent in the city of four million where many armed groups operate.

Three mortar shells landed inside Al Salam camp, one falling in the centre and two others in a market area, a statement from the U.N. refugee agency, which operates there, said.

It was the third such attack on the camp in as many months, including one in early July which killed four people, the statement added.

Al Salam is the largest camp for displaced people in Baghdad, serving civilians who fled violence in Salahuddin province north of the capital and Anbar province to the west.

Islamic State, which seized a third of Iraqi territory in 2014, has been kicked out of more than half of that land by US-backed Iraqi forces over the past two years.

The authorities say several hundred thousand people have returned to their homes, but more than 3.4 million people across the country are still displaced, most of them Sunnis.

The war with Islamic State has exacerbated Iraq’s sectarian conflict, mostly between the Sunni minority and the Shi’ite majority, that emerged after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 which toppled Saddam Hussein, a Sunni.

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