Bombings leave more than 50 dead
BAGHDAD (AP):A suicide truck bomber targeting a senior police officer's convoy in Iraq killed eight people, including the ranking official, authorities said yesterday.
The attack happened late last Friday when the suicide attacker drove his bomb-laden truck into the convoy of police Lieutenant General Faisal Malik, who was inspecting troops in the town of Beiji, police said.
The blast killed Faisal and seven police officers, while wounding 15 people, hospital officials and police officers said.
No one immediately claimed the attack, which comes as Iraqi forces, backed by United States-led air strikes, battle the Islamic State group, which now holds a third of the country.
Meanwhile, yesterday, a series of bombings in and around the capital killed at least 43 people. The deadliest attack took place in the Sadr City section of Baghdad, where a car bomb tore through a commercial area killing 11 people and wounding 21.
In the south-eastern Baghdad neighbourhood of al-Amin, at least nine people were killed and another 18 wounded when a car bomb tore through a commercial street lined with restaurants.
Two car bombs also killed eight people and wounded 16 on a commercial street in Baghdad's south western Amil neighbour-hood, police officials said. A car bomb also detonated on a commercial street in Baghdad's busy central al-Karadah district, killing seven people and wounding at least 21, officials said.
In Yousifiya, a town just south of the capital, two people were killed and four wounded in a bombing near a fruit and vegetable market. Another car bomb struck Zafaraniya in south-eastern Baghdad, killing six and wounding 13.