30 killed as woman detonates bomb
HILLA: A woman detonated her explosive belt in a market east of the Shiaholy city of Kerbala yesterday, killing at least 30 people and wounding 35, Iraqi security sources said.
Islamic State (IS) claimed the attack in the town, which is south of Baghdad, in a statement on its Amaq news agency. It didn’t identify the bomber.
A security officer said the assailant was a woman who hid the bomb under the customary full-body veil.
The attack comes as IS is about to lose Mosul, the de-facto capital of the hardline Sunni Muslim group in Iraq, to a US-backed Iraqi offensive launched in October.
The group is also on the backfoot in neighbouring Syria, retreating in the face of a US-backed Kurdish-led coalition attacking its capital there, Raqqa.
Iranian- backed paramilitaries are taking part in the campaign fighting IS in Iraq, attacking the group in the border region near Syria.
IS declared a self- styled “caliphate” over parts of Syria and Iraq three years ago. – Reuters