Nation & World News

51 People Killed By Car Bombs In Baghdad Markets

By Alan Greenblatt on August 6th, 2014

A trio of car bombs in Baghdad killed at least 51 people on Wednesday, according to Iraqi police.

The attacks were launched in crowded markets in predominantly Shiite areas of the city, Reuters reports.

A pair of bombs exploded nearly simultaneously Wednesday evening in Sadr City. Later, another explosive-laden car was set off in the nearby neighborhood of Ur, according to the Lebanese Daily Star.

A group known as the Islamic State, or Isis, has taken over parts of Iraq and Syria, stopping a few dozen miles from Baghdad in June.

As we reported on Morning Edition, ISIS has been fighting for control of Kurdish areas in northern Iraq.

Although Baghdad remains in the hands of the central government, violence there has been extreme, mostly in Shiite neighborhoods.

The death toll in Iraq was more than 1,600 in July, including more than 1,400 civilians.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

This entry was posted in News from NPR. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

 

More Stories in News from NPR

Book News: Daniel Handler Apologizes For Jokes At National Book Awards

Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket, hosted Wednesday’s ceremony — and made a few racially charged jokes while doing so. He apologized after a backlash Thursday. Also: A Beach Boy plans a memoir.


Republicans File Suit Against Obama Administration Over Health Law

House Republicans have been threatening to sue President Obama over executive actions he’s taken on the Affordable Care Act. Today, they pulled the trigger.


London Mayor Boris Johnson is presumably not singing for his supper — or for the money the IRS says he owes.

London Mayor Boris Johnson Owes IRS Money, Won’t Pay

Johnson holds dual U.S.-U.K. citizenship, but hasn’t lived in the U.S. since he was 5. He told WAMU’s Diane Rehm Show that he had been billed for capital gains on the sale of his first home.


Attorney General Eric Holder, pictured Sept. 4, says "durable relationships between police and their communities do not develop overnight."

Holder Calls For Calm As Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Looms

In a newly released video, Holder has messages for law enforcement agents as well as for those protesting the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.


Speaker of the House John Boehner talks with reporters in his office in the U.S. Capitol on Friday.

Boehner: ‘We Will Not Stand Idly By As President Undermines The Rule Of Law’

House Speaker John Boehner said President Obama acted like a king when he deferred the deportation of up to 5 million immigrants.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments