11 killed in two Iraq bomb attacks

11 killed in two Iraq bomb attacks
# 17 July 2014 23:07 (UTC +04:00)

On Thursday, a blast struck Shorja Market, which is a sprawling open air emporium that residents buy their food, electronics and cloths. At least four people were killed and 12 others injured.

A police officer said the bomb was hidden on a cart that later went off near a Shia mosque in the market.

ISIL militant group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on its website, saying it was a bombing attack carried out by a man with the nom de guerre of Abu Bakr al-Australi.

In a separate incident, a bomber also rammed his car into a checkpoint in the town of Taji, located about 20 kilometers north of Baghdad, killing four soldiers and three civilians. Some 13 people were also wounded in the attack.

Baghdad has been on edge since ISIL terrorists took control of the northern city of Mosul, pledging to move toward the capital.

On Wednesday, representatives from the ISIL militant group and former Ba’ath party as well as tribal figures attended a meeting in the Jordanian capital, Amman, pledging to keep fighting until they seize Baghdad and overthrow the government.

The crisis in Iraq escalated after Takfiri ISIL terrorists seized Mosul on June 10, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital. The militants have also declared a “caliphate” in the overrun areas.

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