Heavy casualties across Iraq

At least 100 people have been killed across Iraq on Sunday, and a minister was kidnapped in Baghdad as a bomber killed many labourers in a nearby town.

Heavy casualties across Iraq

Armed men wearing army uniforms seized Ammar al-Saffar, Iraq's deputy health minister, from his home in Baghdad's Sunni district of Adhamiyah.

A neighbour said that al-Saffar, a member of Nuri al-Maliki's Dawa party, was taken away by men in army uniforms who were accompanied by three men in suits.
 
The neighbour said he did not witness the incident but was told about it by al-Saffar's guards. His aide confirmed the abduction.
 
Meanwhile, at least 22 people were killed by a man who drove his car carrying explosives into a group of day labourers waiting to be hired in the mainly Shia town of Hilla, south of Baghdad.
 
Police said that up to 49 other people were wounded in the Hilla bombing. The workers were attacked in a yard where they usually gathered to be hired on Sunday.
 
Hilla, close to the site of ancient Babylon, is surrounded by Sunni rural areas thought to be strongholds of anti-US fighters and al-Qaeda bombers.

Earlier, three explosions, at least two of them car bombs, killed six people and wounded 30 at a bus station in mainly Shia east Baghdad.

One interior ministry source said the co-ordinated attack on the Mashtel bus garage, near the New Baghdad district, involved three car bombs.

Another source in the ministry and one at police headquarters said the nature of the third device was unclear.
 
And in Mosul, in northern Iraq, Lieutenant-Colonel Mohammed Ganim from the Facility Protection Services (FPS) was killed along with his driver in a drive-by shooting.
 
Funeral bombing
 
Police also say a bomber attacked a Kurdish man's funeral in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, killing at least three people and wounding 17.

Sunday's suicide bombing in Kirkuk took place shortly after sunset as people gathered to pay condolences to the family of a Kurdish man who was shot dead late on Saturday, said Brigadier-General Sarhad Qader.
 
It occurred in the southern Orouba neighbourhood. Kirkuk's population is a mix of Kurds, Arabs and ethnic Turkmen. Hundreds have been killed in sectarian and ethnic fighting in the past three years.
 
Sunday's attacks on Shias and Kurds followed the killing of a prominent Shia politician on Saturday in what looked like a sectarian assassination.
 
Ali al-Adhadh, of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (Sciri), was shot dead with his wife as he drove in mainly Sunni west Baghdad.
 
Sunni Arabs were enraged last week after an arrest warrant was issued for leading Iraqi Sunni scholar Harith al-Dari on charges of inciting terrorism and accusing the Shia-led government of the prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki of sectarianism.
Baquba violence

Sunni fighters swept through parts of the city of Baquba, northeast of Baghdad, attacking a police checkpoint and shooting residents after dragging them from their homes and cars, police said on Sunday.

Police had imposed a day-long curfew in Baquba, which is thought to be one of Iraq's most dangerous cities, after Saturday's attacks in the city.   

Eleven bodies with bullet wounds were brought to the city morgue, hospital and police sources said. 

A senior policeman, who asked to remain anonymous, told Reuters: "There is not a day that passes without dozens of people being killed either from bombs, shootings or assassinations. This has been going on for months."

The figures could not be verified. Reuters typically reports several violent deaths a day in the province, but much of the region is inaccessible to both the media and security forces.

By Sunday morning, police had lifted the curfew but had blocked off the main street in the city. Gunmen remained in control of four districts and attacked a second checkpoint, police said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16
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