Suicide Bomber Kills 31 In Iraq

At least 31 people have been killed, and a further 35 wounded, following a suicide bombing at a crowded marketplace in Iraq.

The attack occurred on Friday in the Iraqi town of Musayab, around 80km south of Baghdad, security sources said.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, alongside a second bombing at the main bus station in Kerbala, located just west of Musayab. That attack killed three people and wounded another 15.

Kerbala is a holy city to Shia Muslims.

A security officer said the suicide bomber in Musayab was a woman, who had hidden the bomb under her full-body veil. Islamic State’s statement disputed this, stating that both bombers had been men.

The hardline Sunni Muslim insurgents declared their self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria three years ago, but now face losing their de-facto capital in Iraq, Mosul, following a US-backed Iraqi offensive launched last October.

Similarly, the group is losing significant ground in Syria, with a US-backed, Kurdish-led military coalition attacking Raqqa, Islamic State’s main stronghold in the country.

 

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