10 dead, 22 injured in separate bombings in Baghdad
Baghdad, Dec 9: Separate bombings in the Iraqi capital killed 10 people and wounded another 22 today, according to Iraqi officials.
The Baghdad attacks mainly targeted civilians and though there was no immediate claim of responsibility, they bore all the hallmarks of the Islamic State. The attack is being seen as an effort by militants to distract the Iraqi forces, who have launched a major offensive in the northern city of Mosul.
Mosul is Iraq's second-largest city and the IS militant group's last major urban bastion in the country.
The casualty toll for today's attacks was provided by police and hospital officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief reporters.
The operation to retake Mosul was launched in October and has been progressing slowly in recent weeks. Iraqi forces control less than a quarter of the city and have faced significant setbacks this week in Mosul's southeast.
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has continued to pledge that the city will be retaken by the end of the year but has also warned that IS will likely continue to launch insurgent style attacks in Iraq even after losing control of Mosul.