IS attack kills 15 in Baghdad
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