World Briefs: 20 killed, 80 hurt in Baghdad car bombings

20 killed, 80 hurt in Baghdad car bombings

BAGHDAD • Two car bombs killed at least 20 people in Baghdad and wounded about 80 others early yesterday, one targeting the late-night crowds typical of Ramadan.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria claimed both attacks in statements on its Amaq news agency.

The first blew up near a popular ice cream shop in the commercial Karrada district, the second a few hours later near a government office in Karkh district.


Russian hacker can be extradited: Czech court

PRAGUE • A Czech court ruled yesterday that Russian citizen Yevgeniy Nikulin can be extradited to either the United States, where he faces charges of hacking social networks, including LinkedIn, or to Russia, which has accused him of a lesser charge of cybertheft.

Czech police arrested him in Prague on Oct 5 in cooperation with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. The ruling, pending appeals, leaves the final decision in the hands of Justice Minister Robert Pelikan who can approve extradition to one country and block the other.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe