Baghdad car bomb attacks kill 13, wound dozens



At least 13 people have been killed as a string of car bomb attacks hit the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials said.

The attacks rocked commercial areas in the capital on Thursday, wounding dozens of people, police officials added.

The deadliest attack took place in downtown Baghdad after a car bomb exploded near an auto spare parts shop, killing four people and injuring nine others.

At least six people were killed in two car bomb attacks in the eastern neighborhood of Jamila and the northern neighborhood of Kazimiyah. Some 22 people were also wounded in the blasts.

Similar attacks took place in the central Karrada area, the northern Shaab neighborhood and the eastern Batol neighborhood, where at least three people were killed and 26 others wounded.

The attacks came only a day after more than 30 people were killed in a spate of bombings across Baghdad.

The incidents are the latest in a string of attacks across Iraq that have left hundreds of people dead since the beginning of this year.

On Wednesday, UN ambassador to Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, condemned recent fatal attacks in Baghdad, saying, “Those who orchestrate such attacks should be condemned by all political, religious and civic leaders in this country.”

According to figures compiled by Iraq’s ministries of health, interior and defense and released on January 31, as many as 1,013 people were killed in January, including 795 civilians, 122 soldiers and 96 policemen.