More Than 20 Killed After Car Bombs Strike Baghdad

More Than 20 Killed After Car Bombs Strike Baghdad

Two separate explosions struck in Baghdad killing at least 22 and wounding 70, according to Iraqi police.

A car packed with explosives killed at least 15 and wounded more than 50 on a commercial street in the Baghdad al-Jadeeda district in the east of Baghdad.

The second blast occurred at a main army checkpoint in Taji where a suicide car bomb explosion killed seven soldiers and wounded more than 20.

The death toll is expected to rise and there are reports of a third explosion, also on a street in Baghdad al-Jadeeda.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, although the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has repeatedly targeted Iraqi security personnel and Shia residents.

The United Nations reported on Wednesday (June 1) that 867 Iraqis were killed and 1,459 others were wounded in May due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict.

Casualty figures in May were higher than the previous month when 741 people were killed and another 1,374 were injured. The U.N. however said the nature of attacks in May were different in that many targeted civilian locations.

Baghdad was the hardest hit governorate in the country with 267 civilians killed and 740 injured.