Twin explosions target Iraq communist party HQ in Baghdad: spokesman

File photo showing Labour Day demonstrators raising communist party banners in Baghdad, Iraq, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 25 May 2018
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Twin explosions target Iraq communist party HQ in Baghdad: spokesman

BAGHDAD: Two bombs exploded Friday close to the Baghdad headquarters of the Iraqi Communist Party, said a spokesman for the political alliance which alongside populist cleric Moqtada Sadr triumphed in elections earlier this month.
Three people were injured in the twin explosions, a police official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The attack is the first time a political party has been targeted in the Iraqi capital since the electoral campaign started in mid-April.
“Two bombs were thrown at the ICP headquarters,” in Al-Andalus Square, spokesman Jassem Al-Hilfi told AFP.
He accused the “corrupt who cannot accept that they lost” the parliamentary elections of being behind the attack.
The bombings are “a threatening message aimed at frightening us to stop us from pursuing the path of reform and change,” he added.
The Iraqi Communist Party receives threats “all the time,” Hilfi said.
Sadr’s Marching Towards Reform anti-corruption campaign saw the alliance win 54 seats in the May 12 vote, to become the biggest bloc in Iraq’s 329-seat parliament.
The pro-Iranian Conquest Alliance, made up of ex-fighters from mainly Shiite paramilitary units that battled Daesh, came second in the elections.
The Victory Alliance of Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, who declared victory over Daesh in December, performed worse than expected and came third.

 


Israeli military probes shooting of Palestinian in the back

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Israeli military probes shooting of Palestinian in the back

  • The security-camera video shows Mohammed Habali walking in an alleyway holding a stick when he is shot from behind

JERUSALEM: The Israeli military on Sunday said it has opened an investigation into the death of a 22-year-old Palestinian man in the West Bank after a video surfaced appearing to show him being shot in the back.
The security-camera video, obtained from a local restaurant in the town of Tulkarem, shows Mohammed Habali walking in an alleyway holding a stick when he is shot from behind and falls down on his face.
Several other young males are standing nearby or walking away in the same direction — sometimes looking back — apparently to keep their distance from Israeli troops. No soldiers are seen in the video.
In a statement Sunday, the military confirmed that it was conducting an “operational activity” in Tulkarem last week when dozens of Palestinians began hurling stones at the soldiers. It gave no further details on the operation, but the military often carries out arrest raids in the West Bank.
The army said that soldiers responded to the stone throwers with “riot dispersal means” and live fire.
It said military police are now investigating the shooting. It gave no details on when the probe would be completed.