The Associated Press
Baghdad (AP) — Officials say a car bombing in a bustling commercial area in central Baghdad has killed at least 12 civilians.
A police officer said Tuesday that the explosives-laden car, which was left in a parking lot in the Shiite-dominated district of Karradah, exploded late Monday. He says up to 28 people were wounded and at least 15 cars were damaged.
A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release the information.
In an online statement, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack. The Associated Press could not verify the authenticity of the statement, but it was posted on militant websites commonly used by the extremists.
In July, an IS-claimed bombing killed nearly 300 people in Karradah.
NBC News and Reuters
BAGHDAD — At least 10 people were killed in Baghdad late on Monday in a car bomb attack claimed by ISIS near a hospital in a central district, police and hospital sources said.
A suicide bomber had targeted a gathering of Shi’ite Muslims in the Karrada district, according to a statement circulated online by the Amaq news agency, which supports the ultra-hardline Sunni militant group.
The police sources said at least 39 people were also wounded in the blast and they expected the death toll to rise.
Hadi Mizban / AP
The fight against ISIS, which seized a third of Iraq’s territory in 2014, has exacerbated a long-running sectarian conflict in Iraq, mostly between the Shi’ite majority and the Sunni minority.
The militants have lost ground in the past year to U.S.-backed government forces and Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias, but such bombings show they can still strike outside the territory they control in northern and western Iraq.
Monday’s blast occurred not far from the site of an ISIS suicide attack in July that killed 324 people in one of the deadliest bombings of its sort in Iraq since U.S.-led forces toppled Saddam Hussein 13 years ago.