More than 22 killed, 70 wounded in two bombings in Baghdad
An Iraqi man stands near a car damaged in a car bomb explosion in Sadr city on April 23, 2010 in Baghdad, Iraq. Photograph: (Reuters)
More than 22 people were killed and 70 wounded in two separate bombings in Baghdad today, one targeting a commercial street and the other an army checkpoint, Iraqi police said.
The attacks came as Iraqi forces were trying to dislodge Islamic State militants from Falluja, their stronghold just west of Baghdad.
A car packed with explosive blew up in a commercial street of Baghdad al-Jadeeda (New Baghdad), an eastern district of the capital, killing at least 15 people and wounding over 50, a police officer said.
A suicide car bomb also targeted a main army checkpoint in Taji, just north of Baghdad, killing seven soldiers and wounding more than 20 others, he said.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had announced the start of an offensive to liberate Falluja from the Islamic State, which captured the city two years ago, on May 22. A lot of people have been trying to flee the city as both the Iraqi army and the Islamic State continue to fight to wrest control of Falluja.