Another IS car blast horror in Iraq
‘Gathering of Shi’ites’ targeted at vegetable market in Baghdad
ASUICIDE car bomb blast claimed by Islamic State (IS) killed at least 13 people and wounded more than 50 others at a vegetable market in eastern Baghdad yesterday, police and medical sources said.
The attacker drove the car through a gate to the market in the mainly Shia district of Jamila, and detonated the bomb after security forces opened fire on the vehicle, a police source said.
IS claimed the attack in an online statement.
An IS media outlet, Amaq Agency, reported the blast as a “martyrdom operation”, carried out against “a gathering of Shi’ites”, in an apparent claim of responsibility by the Sunni extremist group.
The blast caused major damage and destroyed a number of shops inside the market.
The Jamileh area adjoins the Shia Sadr City district where a suicide attack claimed by IS killed 35 people on Monday.
A series of attacks in the Iraqi capital and other cities in the country have killed dozens of people in just over a week. Several have been claimed by IS, which is coming under increasing pressure from a US-backed offensive in Mosul, its last major stronghold in Iraq.
On Saturday, Iraqi forces advanced to within several hundred metres of the Tigris River that runs through Mosul as their operation against the ultra-hardline group gathers pace. IS is likely to resort to bomb attacks and similar tactics elsewhere in Iraq as it is driven out of its Mosul stronghold.
The group often targets markets, restaurants and other crowded locations in mainly Shia districts, as well as Shia religious ceremonies.
In July, a car bomb attack also claimed by IS at a shopping district in the busy days before the end of the Ramadan fast killed almost 300 people, the worst such incident in years.
People stand between damaged vehicles and market stands at the Alwa fruit and vegetable market in Sadr City, on the outskirts of Baghdad. At least 13 people were killed and more than 20 others injured when a car bomb exploded In the market in the Shia area. IS reportedly has claimed responsibility.