Suicide attack in Baghdad cafe kills 12 people
Iraqi officials say an overnight suicide attack inside a cafe in Baghdad has killed at least 12 people and wounded 38.world Updated: Mar 20, 2014 12:56 IST
Iraqi officials say an overnight suicide attack inside a cafe in Baghdad has killed at least 12 people and wounded 38.
Two police officers said on Thursday that the bomber set off his explosives-laden belt among customers who were watching a football game on a cafe television in the western Washash neighborhood the night before.
A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.
Iraq has been struck by a surge in violence unseen since 2008, relentless attacks that have become the Shiite-led government's most serious challenge.
Public places such as cafes, restaurants, mosques and markets are favorite targets for militants seeking to undermine the government's efforts to maintain security nationwide.
First Published: Mar 20, 2014 12:53 IST