Two wounded in bomb attack targetting US convoy in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (XINHUA) – A security member and a civilian were wounded in a roadside bomb exploded near a convoy of trucks belonging to the United States (US)-led coalition forces in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, the Iraqi military said yesterday.

The attack took place in Shula neighbourhood in northwestern Baghdad on Saturday night when the roadside bomb went off near a vehicle belonging to an Iraqi security company contracted with the international coalition to escort its trucks in Iraq, the media office of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said in a brief statement.

The blast resulted in the wounding of a security member from the Iraqi company and a civilian, the statement said.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but unidentified militant groups have frequently targetted civilian convoys contracted to the US-led coalition forces in Iraq, which usually travel from neighbouring Kuwait to the coalition bases in central and northern Iraq.

The attacks came as the Iraqi-US relations have witnessed a tension since January 3 when a US drone struck a convoy at Baghdad airport, which killed the former commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Qassem Soleimani and Deputy Chief of Iraq’s paramilitary Hashd Shaabi forces Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

More than 5,000 US troops have been deployed in Iraq to support the Iraqi forces in the battles against the Islamic State militants, mainly providing training to the Iraqi forces.

File photo shows supporters of Iran-backed militia holding posters of slain Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, Deputy Commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Baghdad. PHOTO: AP