Demonstrations broke out in Sadr City a day after a massive bombing killed scores of residents. Some charged the government with lax security. Others, including Hakim al-Zamili, accused the government itself of planting the bomb in retaliation for demonstrators taking over the Parliament building during the April 30 protests. Many of the protesters are thought to be followers of Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, and the government blamed them for diverting police resources.
An Australian security contractor working for the Australian Embassy in Baghdad has died. The cause of death was not given.
The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has blocked damage claims from several Iraqi citizens who say they were abused by U.K. forces in Iraq. The Court said the claims should have been brought before the court during the three-year time limit on such cases.
During a meeting with Turkish Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jaafari reiterated Baghdad’s demand that Turkey remove its troops from Iraqi soil.
The United Nations called the humanitarian situation in Iraq “one of the world’s worst.”
Violence left at least 86 dead and 21 wounded:
In Baghdad, a bomber killed two people and wounded seven more.
A sniper killed a soldier and wounded an officer in Latifiya.
A civilian was shot dead in Muqdadiya.
A hand grenade wounded a policeman trying to make an arrest in Zubayr.
In Hit, an airstrike left 20 militants dead.
Peshmerga forces killed seven militants near Ba’Shiqah.
In Mosul, militants killed five of their own men for spying.
Security forces killed four militants in Baghdadi.
Four militants were killed in Meshadha.
In Qayara, an airstrike left three Daesh leaders dead.
A militant officer was killed during an airstrike in Rutba.