#Emmlaw Children shot dead in their beds in Iraq as terror attacks kill 71

Children shot dead in their beds as terror attacks kill 71

Aftermath: The car used in the blasts (Picture: AFP)

Three children were killed in their beds during a wave of bloodshed that left at least 71 people dead and 201 wounded in Iraq.

The Shia youngsters, aged eight to 12, were shot along with their parents and two uncles by gunmen who raided their home in the Sunni town of Latifiyah.

The slaughter, about 30km (20 miles) south of Baghdad, came as a series of bombings in the capital killed people during the morning rush hour.

The blasts bore the hallmarks of the Iraqi branch of al-Qaeda. The group frequently targets what it considers to be the heretical Shia community and employs coordinated bombings in an attempt to incite sectarian strife.

The Kazimiyah neighbourhood – home to a gold-domed Shia shrine – was worst hit as the country’s biggest spate of killings since 2008 continued.

Two blasts erupted in the district in quick succession before a suicide car bomber ploughed into onlookers who had gathered at the scene. Ten people were killed and 27 wounded.

Meanwhile, two car bombs killed seven people in the Sadr City area, where a restaurant owner said he suspected a visiting stranger of planting them.

‘A man parked his car in front of the restaurant,’ he said. ‘He got breakfast and drank his tea. Then I heard a huge explosion when I was in the kitchen.’

The twisted wreckage of vehicles littered pavements while shop owners brushed away the debris. At one restaurant, the floor was stained with blood and dishes scattered on plastic tables.

The violence, fuelled by Sunni resentment of the Shia-led government, raises fears that Iraq is hurtling back towards the brink of a civil war. More than 500 people have been killed so far in August.


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