Car bomb attacks killed 27 in Iraq
28 February 2015, Nirapad News: Car bomb attacks on Saturday in a crowded market and Shiite militia checkpoints of Iraq’s capital killed 27 people, authorities said, as the country’s prime minister vowed to punish Islamic State militants who smashed ancient artifacts in a northern city.
The first bombs exploded near the market in the town of Balad Ruz, 70 kilometers (45 miles) northeast of Baghdad, killing 11 people and wounding 50, police and hospital officials said. A suicide car bomber later attacked a checkpoint manned by Shiite militiamen near the city of Samarra, killing eight Shite fighters and wounding 15, authorities said.
Samarra and surrounding areas have been under constant attacks by the Islamic State group, which holds about a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in its self-declared caliphate. Clashes between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants followed the attack around Samarra, 95 kilometers (60 miles) north of Baghdad.
A second suicide bomber attacked another Shiite militia checkpoint just south of Samarra, killing eight fighters and wounding 16, police and hospital officials said. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to press.
No one immediately claimed the attacks, though Iraq sees near-daily attacks often claimed by the Islamic State group. Meanwhile in Baghdad, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al- Abadi vowed to track down and punish those who smashed rare ancient artifacts in the northern city of Mosul. On Thursday, the Islamic State group released a video purportedly showing militants using sledgehammers to smash the statues, describing them as idols.