At least 13 killed in bomb attacks on Iraq market

Country facing surge in sectarian violence blamed on Sunni militias

People inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in eastern Baghdad on Saturday. A car parked outside a medical centre exploded, killing three civilians and wounding 20 others. Photograph: Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters

People inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in eastern Baghdad on Saturday. A car parked outside a medical centre exploded, killing three civilians and wounding 20 others. Photograph: Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters

 

At least 13 people were killed when two car bombs exploded and a suicide attacker targeted a market in a mainly Shia Muslim town north of Baghdad.

No group claimed the attack on Jadidat al-Shatt in Diyala province, 40km north of Baghdad, but Iraq is facing a surge in sectarian violence that officials blame on Sunni insurgents determined to drag the country into a civil war.

“Two car bombs were parked near the market and when they exploded, a suicide bomber in another car drove into the market and detonated his bomb,” said a local official.

Nearly 2,000 people have been killed in attacks since April, the highest toll since the sectarian bloodletting that drove Iraq to the edge of civil war and killed tens of thousands of people five years ago.

The war in neighbouring Syria, where Shia Iran and the region’s Sunni Gulf powers are backing opposing sides, has helped stoke tensions between Iraq’s Shia majority leaders and the Sunni minority.

Reuters