Iraqi court sentences 6 IS militants to death over 2013 car bomb attack

Members of the Iraqi Army gather near the site of a bomb attack at Alawi district in Baghdad March 14, 2013. Co-ordinated blasts in the heart of the Iraqi capital Baghdad killed at least 21 people on Thursday, near the heavily fortified Green Zone, where several Western embassies are located, police and medics said. The explosions, which also wounded at least 50, took place in the Alawi district, close to the ministries of justice, foreign affairs and other government offices. REUTERS/Saad Shalash

Baghdad ( – An Iraqi court has sentenced six Islamic State terrorists to death by hanging for their involvement in a deadly car bomb attack near the country’s Justice Ministry in 2013, leaving scores of people dead and wounded.

According to a statement by the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council on Monday, the convicts confessed to carrying out the massacre, using three booby-trapped vehicles.

The verdict was issued by the Karkh criminal court in Baghdad, added the statement.

In March 2013, two car bombs exploded in the Alawi district, one of them near the Justice Ministry building, before a suicide car bomber blew himself up near an Interior Ministry office.

A suicide bomber then walked into the Justice Ministry and militants attacked the building, clashing with Iraqi security forces, who eventually regained control.

Among the dead were at least 7 policemen and 15 civilians, police and medics said. Three militants were also killed. At least 50 people were wounded.

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