Iraqi security agencies have identified five suspects in the terrorist attacks that killed and injured scores of people in Baghdad on Sunday (May 22nd).
Security officials said al-Qaeda is responsible for the bombings. A judge issued arrest warrants for the five suspects, and Iraqi security forces are following up on evidence and intelligence to arrest them.
Col. Refaat Othman al-Heyali of the Baghdad Operations Command said security forces were able to identify a suicide bomber who blew up his car in the district of Taji, north of Baghdad, targeting a group of Iraqi Army personnel on a public road.
Al-Heyali told Mawtani.com that the suicide bomber targeted the army personnel as they were trying to defuse another car bomb they had found on the street.
The blast killed 11 soldiers and wounded 10 others, including five civilians who were passing by the scene of blast.
The car bomb in Taji was one of six attacks in Baghdad on Sunday. Five improvised explosive devices (IEDs) also blew up, killing seven civilians and wounding 64 others.
"The IEDs were placed in different areas and were hidden in different ways to cause as many causalities as possible among civilians," said Maj. Waleed Mazen of Baghdad police in Rasafa.
Mazen said one of the IEDs was placed in a plastic bag like the ones citizens use for shopping. The terrorists had placed vegetables on the bag and left it near a bus stop in the Maamel area, northeast of Baghdad.
An IED targeted shoppers at a popular market in the Amel neighbourhood, southwest of Baghdad, and another exploded near a car garage in the Sadr neighbourhood. The other IEDs targeted Iraqis using public roads in the city.