Thirty-five Iraqis were killed and 39 others were wounded Thursday (May 31st) in a series of separate attacks in Baghdad, Iraqi police said.
Thirty-three people were killed and 35 others were wounded during two simultaneous car bomb attacks in northern and central Baghdad. One attack targeted a group of construction workers while the other targeted an Iraqi government advisor.
"A car bomb loaded with some 500 kilogrammes of strong explosives and shrapnel parked at the crowded Sadrain intersection exploded this morning while construction workers were gathered at the intersection, killing 30 of them, including five security personnel and two traffic policemen, and wounding 31 others, including 20 who were seriously wounded," said Col. Ali al-Daini, director of Shula police station in northern Baghdad.
Al-Daini told Al-Shorfa the death toll is likely to rise because several wounded people are listed in serious condition.
The second blast occurred when a car bomb targeting a convoy carrying government advisor Jamal al-Din Mohammed exploded in Baghdad's Qadisiya neighbourhood, Col. Mushtaq Talib, Baghdad's police spokesperson, told Al-Shorfa.
"Three were killed in the blast, including a security officer, and four others were wounded," he said, blaming al-Qaeda for the two blasts.
In the Ameriya neighbourhood in western Baghdad, two civilians were killed and four others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) targeting their house exploded.
"An IED planted in the yard of a house exploded, killing one man and his wife, and wounding four of their children," Talib told Al-Shorfa, noting the man worked for the government.
The police obtained information about the three gunmen who planted the IED this morning at the house, he said.