19 KILLED IN TWIN BOMB EXPLOSIONS IN DOWNTOWN BAGHDAD

BAGHDAD, Two roadside bomb explosions struck a marketplace in downtown Baghdad on Saturday, leaving 19 people killed and 45 others wounded, China's Xinhua news agency reported an Interior Ministry source as saying.

The attacks took place in the morning when two roadside bombs detonated coordinately in the crowded car spare part market in Sinak area, while another roadside bomb went off near a post office in the same area, the source told Xinhua.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the Daesh militant group, in most cases, is responsible for targeting Iraqi security forces as well as crowded areas, including markets, cafes and mosques across the country.

Terrorist acts, violence and armed conflicts killed 2,885 Iraqis and wounded 1,380 others in November across Iraq, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq said.

The attacks came as the Iraqi security forces backed by anti-Daesh international coalition are carrying out a major offensive to drive out the

Daesh militants from its last major stronghold in and around Mosul.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK