At least 69 people are killed and 230 injured in a series of bomb attacks targeting Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad, Iraq. Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claims responsibility for some of the attacks. [https:--www.nytimes.com-aponline-2016-05-17-world-middleeast-ap-ml-iraq-the-latest.html (NY Times)] [https:--www.reuters.com-article-us-mideast-crisis-iraq-blast-idUSKCN0Y8103 (Reuters)] [http:--www.presstv.ir-Detail-2016-05-17-466035-Iraq-Baghdad-bomb-blasts-terrorism (Press TV)] 17 May 2016 Baghdad bombings
Car-bombings across Iraq kill at least 57 people. The attacks include a rare bombing in the southern Basra province leaving 10 people dead. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is suspected of being behind the attacks.
The death toll of Saturday's explosion in Basra, Iraq, rises to 43, with the number of injured people being over 100. Police say the explosion was as a result of a power generator short-circuiting but other sources claim it was due to a car bomb.