At least four people have been killed and dozens more injured by two car bombs outside one of Baghdad’s main hospitals. Security sources say they believe the intended target was a police patrol near the Yarmouk hospital. One officer was killed and several others hurt by the blasts but most of the victims were civilians waiting to collect relatives’ bodies from the mortuary.
Yarmouk hospital has taken in many thousands of victims of growing violence in the capital since the US-led invasion in 2003. Elsewhere in Kirkuk, a man wearing an explosive vest blew himself up next to the convoy of the governor of the northern province.
A passerby was killed and 12 others injured. The governor, Abdul-Rahman Mustafa, escaped unharmed. The oil-rich city has witnessed a spate of bombings recently amid tensions between the Kurdish and Sunni Arab populations over its final status – one of Iraq’s most sensitive issues.