At least 17 people have been killed after gunmen carried out a suicide attack southeast of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, local media reported.
Two attackers opened fire on civilians in the Nahrawan area, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said, before one gunman detonated a suicide belt and the second was killed by security forces.
The interior ministry did not provide an official casualty figure, though local media put the death toll at 17 people, with a further 28 wounded.
A spokesman for the interior ministry described the situation as “a terrorist attack by two terrorist suicide attackers who fired indiscriminately on citizens in the Nahrawan area”.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, saying through it’s Amaq news agency that it had killed 35 members of one of the Iranian-supported Shi’ite militias known as the Popular Mobilisation Forces.
It is expected, according to Iraqi security officials, that Islamic State will mount an insurgency after losing the territory of its self-proclaimed caliphate in both Iraq and Syria.