Iraqi Shi’ites Targets of New Violence: 24 Killed, 42 Wounded

At least 24 Iraqis were killed and 42 more were wounded in attacks across the country. The worst two took place in predominantly Shi’ite neighborhoods, intensifying fears of a new sectarian war.

A car bomb targeting a Shabak community outside of Mosul in Ghadeer left nine dead and 20 wounded. The Shabaks are one of Iraq’s minority groups who are tied to the Shi’ite sect. Most of those killed were women and children and had been driven out of Mosul in recent years. A second bomb was discovered and defused before it could cause more damage. Ghadeer is a neighborhood in Bartilla, which suffered another bombing just two days ago.

Eight people were killed and 12 more were wounded during a car bombing in an industrial section of Hilla.

An I.E.D. blasted a police vehicle in Qayara, killing three policemen and wounded two bystanders.

A Qayara policeman broke into a home in Hammam al-Alil where he killed two civilians. The policeman had survived a bomb blast just two days ago and had connected the victims to it.

A sticky bomb killed a Kurdish civilian in Baquba.

In Mosul, gunmen killed a soldier.

A bomb in Latifiya wounded four civilians.

A blast wounded two Sahwa members in the Hamrim area.

A police officer was wounded by a blast on a highway near Kirkuk.

In Baghdad, gunmen wounded a policeman.

Turkey resumed artillery fire along the border.

Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for since 2006.