Baghdad: Iraq officials had said that 19 people had been died in a separate attacks north of capital of Iraq, Baghdad as a series of car bombs on Saturday ripped through a crowded marketplace and a Shia militia’s checkpoint.
Meanwhile in Baghdad, Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi vowed to track down and punish those who were behind the smashing of rare ancient artifacts in the northern city of Mosul.
Police said the first attack took place on Saturday morning when a car bomb exploded near a busy market in the town of Balad Ruz. Minutes later, a second car bomb went off, targeting people who gathered to inspect the site of the first blast.
Notify that Balad Ruz is 70 kilometers (45 miles) northeast of Baghdad.
Police and hospital officials said 11 people were killed and 50 wounded.
Meanwhile a suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden car into a checkpoint manned by Shia militiamen who are fighting Islamic State militants later near the city of Samarra, killing eight Shia fighters and wounding 15 others.
PM said, “Those barbaric, criminal terrorists are trying to destroy the heritage of the mankind and Iraq’s civilization. We will chase them in order to make them pay for every drop of blood shed in Iraq and for the destruction of Iraq’s civilization.”