There has been a series of deadly explosions in Iraq this morning. In the capital Baghdad, two suicide truck bombs targetted the prominent Hamra hotel which is mainly used by foreigners.
They failed to pierce the perimeter and destroyed a nearby appartment block, killing at least six people, including two children. The blasts went off near the Jadriyah detention centre in the heavily fortified Green Zone, at the heart of controversy since alleged evidence emerged yesterday of beatings and torture there.
In another double suicide bombing attack this morning, dozens of people were killed during Friday prayers in two mosques in Khanaqin, a mixed Shi’ite and Kurdish town near the border with Iran.
The death toll remains unclear but it is feared it could exceed 100.
The mainly Sunni insurgency against Iraq’s Shi’ite- and Kurdish-led government has frequently targeted civilians in crowded places like market places and mosques.
The attacks come ahead of ahead of a crucial parliamentary election in Iraq on December 15.