At least eleven people have been killed in separate bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad on Wednesday, according to media reports citing local officials.
The first bombing reportedly targeted a house in Baghdad's south-eastern suburb of Wahda. No one was killed in that explosion. Nevertheless, at least eight people were killed after a second explosion occurred in the same area as locals gathered at the scene.
The second bomb attack targeted a house in the northern Ghazaliya district of Baghdad. At least three people were killed in that attack. Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, Iraqi officials blame Sunni insurgents.
Although violence has dropped across Iraq in recent years, the war-ravaged country still witnesses such attacks on a regular basis. Such incidents increased drastically after U.S. combat forces left the country.
It is estimated that more than 180 people have been killed in Iraq in such attacks since June 13. This makes June the second bloodiest month this year after January, when at least 255 people were killed.
The last of U.S. combat troops left Iraq by the end of December, ending a decade-long American military presence since the 2001 invasion of the Middle East nation. The troop pullout was in line with a bilateral security agreement that required the withdrawal of all American troops from the country by the end of 2011.
by RTT Staff Writer
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