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Suicide bombing kills eight in Baghdad

January 14, 2018


BAGHDAD: A suicide bom­bing killed eight and wounded at least 10 others, Iraqi officials said on Saturday.

Police and hospital officials said the blast struck a northern Baghdad neighbourhood targeting a police checkpoint on a busy street, and that a number of policemen were among the wounded.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The number of bombings in Baghdad has decreased significantly over the past few months since the country’s security forces retook nearly all the territory once held by the militant Islamic State group.

The extremist group claimed near-daily bombings in Baghdad over much of last year when it still held large swaths of territory in the country.

Published in Dawn, January 14th, 2018