28 Iraqi Shia killed in a wave of car bombings in Shia populated areas of Baghdad. The attacks came as Iraqis were celebrating the Birthday of 1st Shia leader, Imam Ali, yesterday.
Four people died in the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City in the morning hours. The same explosion wounded six others.. Another car bomb elsewhere in Sadr City exploded near a cluster of homes, killing two people and wounding seven.
Shortly after, a car bomb exploded in a commercial street in Baghdad’s eastern district of Jamila, killing three people and wounding 10.
Fourth car bomb went off near a traffic police office in eastern Baghdad, killing four people, including a traffic policeman. Seven people were wounded in that attack.
Also Tuesday, a car bomb exploded at a square in downtown Baghdad, killing two people and wounding eight, police said. Another car bomb went off in a commercial street in Baghdad’s Shiite eastern district of Ur, killing five people and wounding 11.
Elsewhere in Baghdad, a car bomb exploded near an out-door market in the eastern Shia area of Maamil, killing three people and wounding 14.
In the afternoon, a car bomb went off near a market in Baghdad’s southern Dora district, killing five people and wounding 12 others.
According to the United Nations, 8,868 people were killed in Iraq last year — and the killings continue since the beginning of 2014.