Suicide bomber kills 12, injures 22 in Shia area
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.