Militants attack cafe in northern Iraq, kill a dozen

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Iraqi forces inspect the damage at the Albu Aitha bridge north of Ramadi following an attack a military source said was carried out by the Takfiri terrorist group, on May 12, 2016. ©AFP

Takfiri militants have shot and killed at least a dozen people in the northern Iraqi town of Balad, two days after Daesh terrorists massacred dozens across Baghdad.
Three gunmen sprayed a cafe with bullets in the mainly Shia-inhabited town of Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad on Thursday night, leaving at least 12 people dead and 25 others injured, police and hospital sources said.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the deadly shooting, but it bears the hallmark of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group. 
Iraqi security forces have tightened security in the town, requiring the attackers to pass three police checkpoints before reaching their target, said police sources on condition of anonymity.  
Wednesday was the bloodiest day in Baghdad so far this year, when at least 64 people, mostly women, lost their lives and 85 others were injured in a car bomb blast that rocked the Sadr City neighborhood.
Later in the day, a bomber detonated his explosives in the al-Kadhimiyah neighborhood of Baghdad, killing 17 people. A similar attack at a checkpoint in the al-Jamia neighborhood claimed a dozen lives.

A picture taken on May 12, 2016 shows the inside of a damaged shop at Oraiba market, a day after it was struck by a car bomb attack in the Sadr City area of northern Baghdad. ©AFP

Daesh terrorists frequently target various neighborhoods of Baghdad, particularly those populated by Shia Muslims, to undermine government efforts to maintain security.
The northern and western parts of have been plagued by violence ever since Daesh began an offensive in the Iraqi territory in June 2014.
According to the latest figures released by the UN, a total of 741 Iraqis were killed and 1,374 others were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in April, with Baghdad being the hardest-hit city.
The government, however, said on Wednesday that areas under the control of Daesh terrorists in Iraq have shrunk from 40 to 14 percent of the national territory.

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