Southern Shi’ite Cities Targeted in Iraq Attacks That Kill 61, Wound 171

A series of multiple bombings across Baghdad and Shi’ite cities to the south of the capital killed at least 61 people and wounded 171 more.

In Baghdad, two people were killed and nine more were wounded in a blast in the Saidiya neighborhood. A blast at a Nahrawan soccer field left three dead. Nine people were killed and at least three more were wounded in a bombing in Amiriya. Five civilians were wounded in a blast in Furat.

In Samarra, a car bomb exploded at a funeral for one of yesterday’s attack victims; five people were killed and 12 more were wounded. Four people were killed and 10 more were wounded when three suicide bombers were caught in a clash at a checkpoint near a major shrine.

Eight people were killed and at least 24 more were wounded when near simultaneous car bombs exploded at a market in Hilla.

Another double bombing, this one in Suwayra, left five dead and 14 wounded.

In Kut, four people were killed in yet another double car bombing. About 31 more were wounded. One bomb was near a school, while the other exploded near a restaurant.

Two car bombs killed four people and wounded 17 more in Samawa.

Car bombs also exploded in Diwaniya where three were killed and 13 more were wounded.

Seventeen Iraqis were wounded in a double car bombing in Basra. One bombing was near an ice cream shop and the other near a bakery, a frequent target for bombers.

One person was killed and nine more were wounded in Mahmoudiya.

In Madaen, mortars killed one person and wounded five more. A bomb near a soccer game killed four teenagers.

In Garma, a sticky bomb killed a policeman. A gunman was killed and a policeman was wounded in an attack on a checkpoint.

Near Tikrit, a bomb killed a policeman and wounded another.

A councilman was assassinated in Abu Ghraib.

Gunmen killed a civilian in Falluja.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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