Iraq/Terrorism: explosions hit Baghdad apartments, 11 dead

At least 11 people were killed and over 72 wounded on Tuesday when a series of explosions rocked residential buildings acrossBaghdad, officials said.

Reportedly, the explosions occurred in Baghdad’s north-western Shula and Chukook districts, the south-western al-Shurta al-Rabaaarea and the Alawi district in the centre of the city. The blasts took place near the public works ministry, a restaurant and near the formerBritish embassy, damaging apartment buildings. According to officials the death toll was expected to rise as a lot of people were still trapped under the rubble.

As the targeted areas were said to be strongholds of the Mehdi Army, the armed militia connected to the Sadrist Movement led byShia cleric Moqtada Sadr, it is very likely the attacks are politically motivated.

The attacks come just two days after three suicide bombers in a coordinated attack detonated car bombs in quick succession of each near foreign embassies in central Baghdad. 41 people were killed and more than 200 wounded.

According to security officials, the blasts near the IranianEgyptian and German embassies followed mortar attacks on the Iraqicapital’s Green Zone. One bomb went off in front of the main gate of the Iranian embassy, just outside the Green Zone, destroying about 30 cars, while another suicide bomber crashed his car into the concrete blast wall protecting the Egyptian embassy. Germany’s Foreign Ministry stated that an Iraqi security guard working for the German embassy was among the dead.