Bomber kills 31 in Shiite gathering in Baghdad

No group claims responsibility, but Iraqi authorities typically blame ISIL for seemingly random attacks on civilians

Bomber kills 31 in Shiite gathering in Baghdad

World Bulletin / News Desk

A suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest in the middle of a Shi'ite Muslim gathering in Baghdad, killing at least 31 people and wounding more than 50 on Saturday, police said in a report in Reuters.

The explosion went off inside a tent filled with people taking part in Shi'ite Ashura rituals, mourning the killing of Prophet Mohammad's grandson Hussein in the 7th century.

The tent was set up in a crowded market in the city's northern al-Shaab district.

Bombings on Friday

Five people were killed in three separate bomb blasts that shook Iraqi capital Baghdad on Friday, according to a local police source.

Baghdad Police Colonel Salem al-Nuuman told Anadolu Agency that two people were killed -- and 11 injured -- when a bomb went off near a local market in Baghdad’s southern Al-Yousefiyah district.

Another two people were killed -- and another six injured -- when a second explosion tore through a market in the city’s southeastern Al-Nahrawan neighborhood, al-Nuuman said.

A fifth person was killed in Baghdad’s western Al-Ghazliya district, the police officer added, by a bomb that had apparently been planted in his vehicle.

While no group has claimed responsibility, the Iraqi authorities typically blame the ISIL terrorist group -- which overran much of the country in mid-2014 -- for attacks on civilians.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Ekim 2016, 13:18