Airstrikes targeting positions of Islamic State (IS) militants in central Iraq on Wednesday killed at least 18 people while injuring 36 others in separate bomb attacks, security source told Xinhua.
An Interior Ministry source speaking on condition of anonymity reportedly said one of the attacks occurred in the afternoon in the northern part of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden car in al-Sadrain intersection at the entrance the Shiite district of Shula, leaving at least five people killed and some 17 others wounded.
According to the source, the blast also destroyed several nearby buildings and shops and set ablaze several civilian cars at the scene.
A provincial security source told XinhuaIn that in Anbar province, Iraqi helicopter gunships pounded an IS base near Nadhim al-Taqseem in north of the IS-held city of Fallujah, which itself located some 50 km west of Baghdad, leaving at least eight militants killed and seven others wounded.
Meanwhile, Iraqi aircraft carried out an airstrike near Albu Shejil area near the military airbase of Habbaniyah, some 80 km west of Baghdad, destroying two vehicles carrying fuel and leaving three civilians killed and five others wounded, the source said.