IS at­tack kills 15 in Baghdad

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BAGHDAD: A car bomb­ing on Mon­day in the Iraqi cap­i­tal killed at least 15 peo­ple and wounded 33, an In­te­rior Min­istry of­fi­cial said.

The at­tack was claimed in an on­line state­ment by the Is­lamic State group, which gave a toll of 23 dead, the United States-based SITE In­tel­li­gence Group re­ported.

The blast hap­pened around 7pm in the Hay al-Amel busi­ness dis­trict, the of­fi­cial said.

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

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

Gov­ern­ment forces backed by the US-led in­ter­na­tional coali­tion had since re­taken many cities, in­clud­ing Tikrit.

But, while IS had lost ground in Iraq, it had also re­tained the abil­ity to stage reg­u­lar at­tacks. AFP

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