Bombings in Baghdad

More bad news today: Sixteen people were killed and 45 wounded on Wednesday when twin car bombs exploded at a bus terminal and market area in southwestern Baghdad, Iraqi police said. The coordinated explosions at the bus terminal in Baghdad’s Bayaa neighborhood took place as hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Shi’ites are making their way ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.
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More bad news today:

Sixteen people were killed and 45 wounded on Wednesday when twin car bombs exploded at a bus terminal and market area in southwestern Baghdad, Iraqi police said.

More bad news today:

Sixteen people were killed and 45 wounded on Wednesday when twin car bombs exploded at a bus terminal and market area in southwestern Baghdad, Iraqi police said.

The coordinated explosions at the bus terminal in Baghdad’s Bayaa neighborhood took place as hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Shi’ites are making their way toward a holy city for an annual pilgrimage, a ritual often targeted by insurgent attacks.

The biggest bombing in Baghdad in weeks also wrecked several cars and scattered debris across the muddy ground. One witness told Reuters that the victims included children.

 KHALIL AL-MURSHIDI/AFP/Getty Images

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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