Suicide Attacks Kill Two West of Baghdad Following Bloody Day

People gather at the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite district of Sadr City, Iraq, May 11, 2016. Baghdad has seen a surge of suicide bomb blasts in recent months, taking a toll on the civilian population and the security apparatus. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

BAGHDAD, May 12 – Two suicide bombings claimed by Daesh in a town near Baghdad killed two policemen and wounded eight others on Thursday, police and medics said, a day after Daesh bombs left at least 80 people dead in the Iraqi capital.

The death toll made Wednesday’s three suicide bombings at a busy market and two checkpoints the bloodiest day in Baghdad so far this year.

Police sources said Thursday’s bombers had approached a police station in Abu Ghraib from two directions before detonating their explosives.

Baghdad Operations Command, one of the security apparatuses charged with protecting the capital, said in a statement that a third assailant was killed on approach of the police station.

Amaq news agency, which supports Daesh, said two militants had clashed with police at Al Zeidan station before detonating their explosives-filled vests.

Baghdad became the target of daily bombings a decade ago following the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 that toppled Saddam Hussein. Violence against security forces and Shiite Muslim civilians is frequent, even as U.S.-backed Iraqi forces have rolled Islamic State back from swathes of the country’s west and north seized in 2014.

A recent surge in bombings has added to criticism of Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi, who already faces a political crisis over his attempts to overhaul his cabinet as part of an anti-corruption bid.

Lawmakers have failed to convene a session since protesters loyal to a powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada Al Sadr, a vocal advocate of dismantling Iraq’s quota-based governing system, breached the heavily-fortified Green Zone district two weeks ago and took over the parliament complex for several hours.

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