Dual attacks north of Baghdad kill 17 people

Seventeen people were killed on Friday in two separate attacks in a mostly Shiite town north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, police said.

The deadliest attack occurred early Friday when gunmen opened fire inside a cafe in the town of Balad, killing 13 people and injuring 25. The assailants fled the scene.

Later on Friday, two bombers suspected of involvement in the cafe attack, blew themselves up amid security forces in Balad, killing four personnel, police said.

The dead in the second incident included two policemen and two members from the Popular Mobilization, a pro-government Shiite militia.

Balad is located 80 kilometres north of Baghdad.

No one has claimed responsibility for either attack.

Friday’s assaults come two days after a wave of bombings, claimed by the Islamic State radical Sunni militia, killed over 90 lives in Baghdad, marking Iraq’s deadliest day so far this year.

Government forces and Shiite paramilitaries are engaged in a US-backed fight against Islamic State that controls key areas in Iraq’s Sunni heartland.

Last update: Fri, 13/05/2016 - 13:50

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