Bombings kill 8 in Iraq
09 December 2013, 21:25
Baghdad - A bomb at an outdoor market and other attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least eight people on Sunday, said Iraqi officials.
Police officials say the bomb went off at the crowded market in the primarily Shi'ite neighbourhood of Amil in southwestern Baghdad, killing five people and wounding 12 others.
Also, two people were killed and eight others were wounded when another bomb struck a row of shops in Baghdad's southwestern suburb of Radhwaniya.
An off-duty army officer was killed when a sticky bomb attached to his car exploded as he was driving near his house in Madain town, just south of Baghdad, said police.
Insurgent groups frequently target members of the security forces as well as civilians in markets, cafes and commercial streets in Shiite areas in an attempt to undermine confidence in the government.
Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures for all attacks. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorised to speak to media.
Iraq has seen a surge in militant attacks and violence since a deadly April crackdown by security forces on a Sunni protest camp in a northern town. At least 98 people have died in attacks in Iraq so far this month, according to an Associated Press count.