At least 20 people were killed and more than 40 were injured in a suicide car bomb at a police checkpoint in Baghdad. The attack occurred in Kadhimiyah, a primarily Shiite neighborhood, as sectarian violence in the country continues.
There were also at least 45 people wounded by the twin bombings in the al-Kadumiya area. The explosions occurred as people were trying to drive into the city before a midnight curfew.
Police said the first bombing was a suicide car bombing. The second bomber went into the crowd of rescuers, who were trying to save victims, most of them civilians.
As such episodes increase, it becomes ever harder for the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government to make peace with Sunnis and Kurds, in order to make common cause against the insurgents. ISIS, for its part, has made no secret of its intention to provoke a sectarian war, hoping that government killings of Sunnis will drive more Sunnis to its side.
[Image from Saturday's bombings via AP]