Baghdad Car Bomb against Police HQ Kills Three


An explosives-rigged vehicle that detonated near a Baghdad police headquarters killed three people Thursday, the latest in a spate of car bombs in the Iraqi capital since elections last month.

The 10:00 am (07:00 GMT) explosion went off in the central commercial neighborhood of Karrada, between a hospital and the police base, Agence France Presse journalists at the scene said.

At least three people were killed and 10 others wounded, security and medical officials said. Among the fatalities was at least one policeman.

The violence comes two days after a wave of nationwide bloodshed, including nine car bombs in Baghdad alone, killed 42 people in Iraq’s deadliest day since the April 30 polls.

Thursday’s bombing was the latest in a protracted surge in violence that has killed more than 3,300 people this year.

The authorities have blamed external factors such as the civil war in neighboring Syria for the rise in unrest, but analysts and diplomats say the Shiite-led government must do more to reach out to the disgruntled Sunni minority and undermine support for militancy.

Results are not expected from the elections until later this month, but political parties have already begun maneuvering to try and form alliances, with incumbent Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki bidding for a third term in power.

But Maliki’s opponents have railed against him, blaming the premier for a marked deterioration in security as well as what they say is insufficient improvement in basic services and rampant corruption.


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