String of attacks kill 24 people in Iraq
At least 60 others were also hurt in attacks across Iraq where a massive security crackdown by Iraqi and US troops has entered fourth day.india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 14:56 IST
At least 24 people were killed and more than 60 wounded on Saturday in a string of attacks across Iraq, most of them in Baghdad where a massive security crackdown by Iraqi and US troops entered its fourth day, security officials said.
Eleven people, including an unspecified number of Iraqi army soldiers, were killed and 15 others wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a joint Iraqi army and police checkpoint in Baghdad's Karrada neighborhood, an interior ministry official said.
A number of civilian cars waiting at the checkpoint were also damaged in the bombing.
Five people were killed and 25 others were wounded in a roadside bombing in central Baghdad's Haraj market.
Two people died and 14 wounded when rebels fired three mortars at the Al-Sarabadi market in Baghdad's Shiite neighbourhood of Kadhimiyah.
Another civilian was killed and five wounded in a car bomb attack next to the National Theatre in the Karrada neighbourhood.
Five people were killed and six were wounded in a car bomb attack in Mahmudiyah, police said.
The series of attacks come despite tens of thousands of Iraqi and US troops patrolling the streets of Baghdad since Wednesday as part of a massive security crackdown imposed by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
The attacks also come a day after a suicide bomber carrying explosives in his shoes blew himself up in Baghdad's revered Shiite mosque of Baratha, killing 11 and wounding 25 people.