7 killed in Baghdad explosion at Shiite mosque

Security forces gather at the site of an attack in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP)
Updated 22 June 2019

7 killed in Baghdad explosion at Shiite mosque

  • It was a rare attack on a Shiite place of worship in the Iraqi capital

BAGHDAD:A bomb blast killed seven people at a Shiite mosque in eastern Baghdad on Friday and wounded more than 20, police sources said.

The blast hit the Imam Mahdi Al-Muntadhar Mosque in Baladiyat, near the massive and densely populated district of Sadr City.

“At least one attacker wearing a belt of explosives tried to enter the building but was stopped by the guards, and detonated himself outside,” one officer said.

“Two civilians were killed and nine people were wounded,” the source said. The second officer confirmed the details and toll for the attack. At the scene, security forces quickly deployed to cordon off the site, a photographer at the mosque said.

It was a rare attack on a Shiite place of worship in the Iraqi capital.

Extremists carried out high-profile bombings of Iraqi Shiite sites during the worst of the country’s sectarian violence after the US invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Baghdad’s security improved significantly with the defeat of Daesh in 2017 and bomb attacks of any kind in the city have been rare since then. 

Iraq has witnessed a rare period of relative calm in recent months after decades of back-to-back conflict, including years of sectarian violence that regularly saw dozens killed in explosions in Baghdad.


Iraq’s health ministry to launch legal case after protesters force local head to resign

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Iraq’s health ministry to launch legal case after protesters force local head to resign

  • Demonstrators barged into the office of the local head of health and forced him to resign
  • The first deputy speaker of Iraq’s Parliament Hassan Al-Kaabi said what happened was a “disaster”

DUBAI: Iraq’s Ministry of Health and Environment said they will launch a legal case against those who forced the local health ministry head to resign in Dhi Qar, state news agency INA reported.
Demonstrators in the in governorate, south of Iraq, forced local head of the health authority Abdul Hussain Al-Jabri’s to resign after they barged into his office. They also filmed the process on their phones and one of them is heard saying in Arabic “we need a real resignation.”

Meanwhile, the first deputy speaker of Iraq’s Parliament Hassan Al-Kaabi said what happened in Dhi Qar was a “disaster” and should not go unpunished, in another report by INA.
Al-Kaabi called on the Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhami and head of police in the governorate to arrest all those who barged into Al-Jabri’s office and forced him to resign.
Protests in Dhi Qar have been going on since Tuesday and several demonstrators were injured and arrested, US-based Arabi channel Al-Hurra reported.
The protestors are demanding for local heads resignation, for justice against those who killed demonstrators and for easing of coronavirus regulations.