ISIS claims attacks that kill 23 people in Iraq’s Baghdad

Iraqi officials confirm three separate suicide bombings in Baghdad killed at least 23 people, ISIS claimed responsibility

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Men walk past the site of a suicide bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq, September 17, 2015

Three suicide bombs ripped through predominantly Shiite neighborhoods in central Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 23 people and wounded 68 in the attacks, including policemen, security and medical sources told Reuters. 

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack hours later, releasing a statement online saying suicide bombers on foot executed the attack, targeting mainly policemen.

Two suicide bomb attacks took place in Bab al Sharji, The third blast took place in the nearby Bab al Muadham district. Both neighbourhoods are highly central and commercial. The bombers were reported to be on foot, wearing an explosive-laden vests.

The Shiite neighborhoods were previously targeted by ISIS, which currently controls large swaths of Iraq and Syria, taking advantage of the security vacuum.

The Iraqi government is currently battling the militancy, backed by US-led air strikes. However, advances have been slow, particularly in the western province of Anbar. 


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