The blasts took place in Azamiyah – once a hotbed of Sunni-Shiite violence – and may have been an attempt to reignite sectarian conflict.
At least 31 people were killed in a triple bomb attack in Baghdad on Monday. This is the latest incident in a series of attacks marking a surge in violence in the Iraqi capital. The attacks occurred in Baghdad’s Azamiyah neighborhood, a former hotbed of sectarian violence that has been relatively peaceful in recent months.
The first bomb damaged a bus carrying school girls, the AP reported.
Police said the first explosion damaged a minibus carrying young girls to school....
Abbas Fadhil said he was working in a nearby restaurant that was damaged in the blasts.
"I rushed to the site and saw several girl students trapped in a bus and screaming for help. We took the girls outside the bus and rushed them to the hospitals," he said.
Associated Press Television News video showed the minibus pocked with shrapnel marks with the floor soaked in blood. Girls' shoes were scattered about amid the wreckage.
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