Bombs in Baghdad Kill 14, Wound Dozens

BAGHDAD (Reuters) -
Smoke rises from a car bomb attack in the Saydiya district of southern Baghdad, Iraq May 2, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed al-Husseini
Smoke rises from a car bomb attack in the Saydiya district of southern Baghdad, Iraq, Monday. (Reuters/Ahmed al-Husseini)

Three bombs went off in and around Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 14 people, including Shiite Muslim pilgrims, police and medical sources said.

The largest blast, from a parked car bomb in the Saydiya district of southern Baghdad, killed 11 and wounded 30, the sources said.

Explosives planted on the ground in Tarmiya, 15 miles north of Baghdad, killed two and wounded six, while a roadside bomb in Khalisa, a town 20 miles south of the city, left one dead and two wounded.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for any of the attacks, but Islamic State terrorists fighting Iraqi forces in the north and west regularly target security personnel and Shiite civilians whom they consider apostates.

Islamic State’s al-Qaida predecessor was blamed in the past for such attacks on Shiite pilgrims, including blasts in 2012 that left 70 people dead nationwide.

Security has gradually improved in Baghdad, which was the target of daily bombings a decade ago, but there has been a string of blasts in recent days, including a suicide attack on Saturday that killed at least 19 people.