Islamic State claims Baghdad suicide bombing that kills seven

Islamic State has intensified bomb attacks in government-held areas of Iraq this year


Afp September 25, 2016
People gather at the site of a suicide car bomb in the Karrada shopping area, in Baghdad, Iraq July 3, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a commercial street of Baghdad on Sunday, killing seven and wounding 28, police sources said, as Islamic State steps up attacks in Iraq.

Islamic State suicide bomber kills at least 15 in Baghdad

The ultra-hardline Sunni group claimed the attack in Iskan, a mostly Shia district in the west of the Iraqi capital. The militants' Amaq news agency said the bombing targeted members of the Badr Organisation, the most powerful Iraqi Shia militia, which is backed by Iran.

Islamic State has intensified bomb attacks in government-held areas of Iraq this year as it loses territory to US-backed Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Shia militias.

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It claimed a truck bombing in July that killed at least 324 in the Karrada shopping area of Baghdad, in the deadliest single attack in Iraq since the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, in 2003. The group continues to control vast areas in northern and western Iraq, including the city of Mosul, captured in 2014.

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