Baghdad car bomb kills at least 15: ministry official

Published: March 20, 2017

BAGHDAD, IRAQ: A car bombing on Monday evening in the Iraqi capital Baghdad killed at least 15 people and wounded 33, an interior ministry official told AFP.

The blast happened at around 7:00 pm (1600 GMT) in the busy business district of Hay al-Amel in the west of the city, he said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, which bore all the hallmarks of a suicide attack by the Islamic State group.

The radical Sunni militant group is under assault in both Iraq — in the country’s second city Mosul which IS seized in June 2014 — and in neighbouring Syria.

Iraqi forces fight IS in Mosul as bomb blasts hit Tikrit wedding

In that year, the militant took vast swathes of Iraqi territory north and west of the capital.

Iraqi government forces backed by the US-led international coalition have since retaken many cities, including Tikrit.

But as IS has lost ground in Iraq, it has also retained the ability to stage regular attacks there.

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