Bombings in Iraq Kill At Least 30 People
Bombs across Baghdad have killed over 30 people in 24 hours, according to the Daily Star. The Lebanese news outlet sets the official death toll at between 32-34, according to Iraqi officials, although the exact number may be higher.
A triple car bombing tore through a southeastern suburb of the bustling capital just before sunset killing at least nine people, according to officials.
Minutes later, a rocket launched by unidentified assailants struck and killed a bystander in the Green Zone, a row of government and diplomatic buildings.
Later, a suicide bomber also detonated himself near a popular falafel restaurant just outside the Green Zone, killing five and injuring twelve, according to Times of India.
Across from the Foreign Ministry, two cars exploded in separate parking lots, killing a total of 12 people in the process.
The clashes mark another deadly day in Iraq, which saw more than 8,800 people killed in 2013 alone in sectarian clashes.
While no responsibility for the attacks has been claimed yet, local analysts suspect that the attacks are from Al Qaeda, who has launched a number of attacks on the embattled country in the past several months.
The terrorist group has been attempting to take over the Sunni areas of the city, testing the Shi'ite government after the US pulled out over two years ago. Tensions have simmered over in Iraq's political vacuum, as the Sunni population is still reeling with resentment after the US ousted leader Saddam Hussein in 2003. Syria has also been a gateway to more violence, as Al Qaeda uses the war-torn country as a base to train global jihadists.