Sui­cide bomber kills 12, in­jures 22 in Shia area

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A SUI­CIDE bomber struck near a check­point in a Shia area north of here yes­ter­day, killing at least 12 peo­ple, Iraqi se­cu­rity and med­i­cal of­fi­cials said.

The blast also wounded at least 22 peo­ple, the of­fi­cials said.

There was no im­me­di­ate claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack, but the Is­lamic State ji­hadist group car­ries out fre­quent sui­cide bomb­ings tar­get­ing both Iraqi se­cu­rity forces and mem­bers of the coun­try’s Shia ma­jor­ity, whom it con­sid­ers heretics.

A sui­cide bomber tar­geted shop­pers in the cen­tral Karrada dis­trict here ear­lier this month, killing 292 peo­ple, while an at­tack on a Shia shrine in Balad left 40 dead a few days later.

IS over­ran large ar­eas north and west of here in 2014, but Iraqi forces have since re­gained sig­nif­i­cant ground and are con­duct­ing op­er­a­tions to set the stage for the bat­tle to re­cap­ture Mo­sul, the last IS-held city in the coun­try.

But the ji­hadists have re­sponded to the bat­tle­field set­backs by hit­ting back against civil­ians, and ex­perts have warned there may be more bomb­ings.

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