ISIL claims responsibility for deadly Baghdad bombings

At least 35 people have been killed and 70 others wounded in explosions across Iraqi capital.

    ISIL claims responsibility for deadly Baghdad bombings
    The bombings targeted Shia neighbourhoods in the Iraqi capital, including in Shaab, which was targeted last month [Reuters]

    The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has claimed responsibility for a string of bomb attacks that killed at least 35 people in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

    In a statement posted on social media on Monday, ISIL said Sunday night's operation was dubbed "The Pounce of the Monotheists on the Chests of the Apostates".

    Explosions have rocked a string of Shia neighbourhoods across the Iraqi capital, killing at least 35 people and wounding another 70, police said on Monday.

    The deadliest bombing took place in Baghdad's northern Shaab neighbourhood when a man detonated an explosive vest in a crowded market, killing nine people and wounding 25.

    Earlier on Sunday, in Baghdad's Khazimiyah district, a suicide car bombing targeted the Aden checkpoint, killing eight people, including five civilians, and wounding 23.

    And in the Banook district, six people were killed and 15 injured in a car bombing, police said.

    In Baghdad's al-Askan district, a car bomb killed at least four people and wounded 11 on a commercial street as people gathered after sunset to break their fast for Ramadan.

    Police also said a roadside bomb on a commercial street in Baghdad's al-Amal neighbourhood killed two people and wounded seven.

    SOURCE: Associated Press


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