ISIS TARGETS SHOPPING MUSLIMS
BAGHDAD — T wo c ar bomb s killed at l east 23 peopl e in Baghdad and w ounded about 80 o thers e arly y esterday morning, s ecurity s ources said, one tar geting the l atenight cr owds t ypical o f the Muslim hol y month of R amadan who shop and e at ahe ad o f the ne xt da y’s f ast.
Islamic S tate, (Isis ) the S unni hardline gr oup that c ontrols parts o f Ir aq and S yria, cl aimed both at tacks in s tatements on its Amaq ne ws ag ency.
A c ar p acked with e xplosives blew up ne ar a popul ar ic e cream shop in the c ommercial Karrada dis trict, killing at l east 1 3 people and w ounding 40 jus t after midnight .
A f ew hour s l ater, a s econd bombing kill ed 10 peopl e and wounded 44 mor e ne ar a g overnment o ffice in K arkh dis trict.
During R amadan many Muslims s tay up until the e arly hours, g oing out t o spend time with their f amilies, shop and e at before da wn br eaks and the ne xt day’s f ast be gins.
Islamic S tate has been r etreating in Ir aq sinc e the end o f 2015. — R euters.