Five dead in Baghdad cafe suicide bombing claimed by Daesh

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Iraqi municipal workers clean the site of an overnight suicide bomb attack in Baghdad's Shiite suburb of Al-Shoala on May 24, 2018. (AFP)
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Iraqi municipal workers clean the site of an overnight suicide bomb attack in Baghdad's Shiite suburb of Al-Shoala on May 24, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 24 May 2018

Five dead in Baghdad cafe suicide bombing claimed by Daesh

BAGHDAD: At least five people were killed and several others wounded when a suicide bomber struck a cafe in Baghdad, police said Thursday, in a pre-dawn attack claimed by Daesh.
“A suicide bomber blew up his explosive belt while he was surrounded by police near a public garden in Al-Shoala district,” a mainly Shiite northern neighborhood of the capital, the statement by the security forces said.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack and said it killed 15 people.
A police source told AFP five people had been killed and 16 others wounded in the overnight bombing, which hit people who had gathered after breaking their daily Ramadan fast.
Those killed were a woman, a girl and three police officers, according to the source.

Later, Iraqi securety forces announced Thursday that it prevented an attack in Iraq hours after the suicide attack in Baghdad claimed 5 in Al-Shoala district of Baghdad.The Iraqi security forces said that its units encircled eight alleged suicide bombers near Kirkuk. The police did not reveal where the suicide bombers were going to strike before they were shot dead

The attack in Al-Shoala district came on the seventh day of Ramadan fasting, a period regularly hit by bloody extremist violence in Iraq since the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.
Cafes in Iraq are particularly busy at night during this Islamic holy month, with families and friends gathering to relax and eat before the fast re-starts at dawn.
Iraq in December claimed victory over Daesh after a long campaign to retake swathes of territory captured by extremists, but Daesh continue to carry out various attacks in Iraq despite its victory announcement.


Yemeni Army regains control of Tal Al-Khadr in Taiz

The army went through clashes with the Iranian-backed Houthi in the area which resulted in three deaths and 10 injuries to the militia. (File/AFP)
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Yemeni Army regains control of Tal Al-Khadr in Taiz

  • Two civilians were killed and wounded from an explosive device planted by the Houthis in southern Hodeidah

DUBAI: The Yemeni army regained Tal Al-Khadr in Yemen’s Taiz province, the country’s national military website SeptemberNet reported on Monday.

The army went through clashes with the Iranian-backed Houthi in the area which resulted in three deaths and 10 injuries to the militia.

Meanwhile, two civilians were killed and wounded from an explosive device planted by the Houthis in southern Hodeidah, state news agency SPA reported.

“An explosive device blasted in a medium sized truck which led to the death of its driver and wounding of the civilian sitting beside him,” a local Yemeni source said.