Car bombs kill 11, hurt 20 in Baghdad, officials say
BAGHDAD — Two car bombs in southwestern Baghdad killed 11 people, including four police officers, and wounded at least 20 Friday night, according to Iraqi police and hospital officials.
The first attack targeted a police checkpoint in the neighborhood and moments later, the second blast hit a nearby street crowded with civilians, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but it bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State group, also called ISIS, which has claimed similar bombings in the past.
The attack comes as Iraqi forces, backed by the U.S.-led coalition, are moving in on the last neighborhoods held by the Islamic State group in Mosul, one of Iraq’s largest cities.
ISIS now holds only a handful of neighborhoods, Iraq says.