Friday, 6 May 2016

Bomb blast hits grave in Baghdad leaving five people dead

Iraq’s interior ministry spokesman has revealed that a bomb went off in a graveyard south of Baghdad Thursday, May 5, killing five people among a group of mourners at a burial.


The attack took place in Haswa, about 40 km (25 miles) south of the capital, the same area where a suicide bombing ripped through a football trophy ceremony in March. 

“A bomb went off in a graveyard in Haswa as a family were preparing to bury a relative,” Saad Maan said in a statement. 

“The bomb exploded near the grave … and killed five mourners and wounded 14,” he said. Agence France Presse (AFP) reports that a police officer in Haswa gave the same account of the attack. 

An attack on Saturday, March 26 at a football pitch in the same village had left about 32 dead, mostly young boys from the village. 

The incident sparked international condemnation. There was no immediate claim for Thursday’s attack. However, ISIS has carried out several large and very deadly bomb attacks south of Baghdad in recent weeks. 

At least 33 people were killed in twin suicide bombings in the town of Samawa Sunday, May 1, a rare attack by the extremists in the deep Shiite south of Iraq. 

At least 61 people were killed when a massive truck bomb exploded at a checkpoint at one of the entrances to the city of Hilla on March 6. ISIS has been losing territory steadily in Iraq for almost a year. 

Observers have warned that, as their self-proclaimed “caliphate” shrinks, ISIS fighters are likely to revert to their old guerrilla tactics and ramp up suicide attacks on civilian targets.


Source- AFP

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