At least 14 people have been killed, following two car bombings, claimed by Islamic State militants, in the Iraqi capital city, Baghdad.
Two car bombs in Baghdad claimed by Islamic State killed at least 14 people on Thursday, police and medics said, part of a surge in violence across the capital at a time when US-backed Iraqi forces are trying to drive the militants from Mosul in the north.
The first blast shook Baghdad’s eastern al-Obeidi area during the morning rush, killing six and wounding 15. Islamic State said in an online statement it had targeted a gathering of Shi’ite Muslims, whom it considers apostates.
The second explosion hit the central district of Bab al-Moadham near a security checkpoint, killing eight. Both bombs had been left in parked vehicles.
More than 60 people have been killed in Baghdad in attacks over the past week as Islamic State intensifies its campaign of violence in the capital while a 100,000-strong alliance of Iraqi forces extends its advances against the group in Mosul.