An­other IS car blast hor­ror in Iraq

‘Gath­er­ing of Shi’ites’ tar­geted at veg­etable mar­ket in Bagh­dad

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD - REUTERS 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.

PIC­TURE: EPA

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.

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