26 Iraqis wounded in Baghdad bombings

By Xinhua,

Baghdad : Up to 26 people, including security members, were wounded in several bomb attacks in various parts of Baghdad on Thursday, an Interior Ministry source said.

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A roadside bomb went off near a police commando mobile checkpoint close to the Sakhrah Restaurant in Palestine Street in eastern Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The blast wounded nine commando members and damaged several nearby civilian cars, the source said.

In a separate incident, gunmen in a car threw a hand grenade on Iraqi soldiers manning a checkpoint in the Safarat, or embassies, neighborhood in western Baghdad Thursday morning, wounding six soldiers, he said.

Also on Thursday, a director in the Iraqi Interior Ministry survived a bomb explosion when a roadside bomb went off near his convoy, wounding six people, the source added.

“Maj. Gen. Sameer al-Wa’ili, survived the bomb attack unhurt, while his convoy was passing the Beirut Square in eastern Baghdad,” he said, adding that three of Wa’ili’s bodyguards and three civilians were wounded by the attack.

Another bomb explosion targeted the convoy of the local governor of al-Sha’ab district in northeastern Baghdad, wounding five civilians, while the governor escaped unhurt, the source said.

Sporadic attacks continue in Baghdad despite the U.S. and Iraqi officials’ announcement of a relative lull in violence during the past few months.