(BAGHDAD) — As Iraq suffered through another day of violence, the country’s Supreme Judicial Council on Thursday gave the death penalty to three men who plotted to blow up the parliament building last November.
One person died and six were wounded by the suicide car bomb blast inside the parking lot next to parliament.
Three suspects were apprehended afterwards and connected to al Qaeda’s Iraqi affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq. They were sentenced to die by hanging for masterminding the scheme.
Meanwhile, Iraqi authorities reported a series of bomb attacks around the country Thursday that left at least 22 people dead and more than 100 wounded in what were mainly sectarian strikes against Shiites.
In the deadliest assault, eight people died and 30 were injured after a car bomb went off in a Baghdad marketplace mostly frequented by Shiites.
June has been a particularly violent month in Iraq, with the death toll from militant attacks approaching 200.
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