Date
26 September 2017
Police inspect the scene of a bomb attack in central Baghdad. The city is in the grip of a deepening sectarian strife and under siege from Islamist militants. Photo: Reuters
Police inspect the scene of a bomb attack in central Baghdad. The city is in the grip of a deepening sectarian strife and under siege from Islamist militants. Photo: Reuters

Baghdad sectarian strife deepens after bombs kill 20

Increased sectarian tension is gripping the Iraqi capital after two bombs exploded in Baghdad, killing more than 20 people and wounding dozens, according to BBC News.

The attacks came just days after a car bomb killed at least 11 people in Kadhamiya, a mainly Shia area that has been rocked by a recent wave of violence

Separately, a suicide bomber drove a vehicle packed with explosives into a police checkpoint in central Baghdad, killing nine people.

Sectarian tensions have been rising in Iraq in recent months amid political chaos and an offensive by Islamic militants, the report said.

Last week, a car bomb in the mainly Shia neighbourhood of Jadida killed at least eight and wound 20. There was also an attack on a Shia mosque.

The spate of attacks on Shia came after at least 68 people were shot dead at a Sunni mosque earlier in August in a mass shooting blamed on Shia militia.

Fighting between Shia and Sunni groups in Iraq has been further heightened by the advance of Islamic State militants and the Sunni groups allied with them.

Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi, a moderate Shia, is trying to form a more inclusive government after the resignation of Nouri Maliki, who has been widely criticised for marginalizing Iraq’s Sunni minority, the report said.

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