Suicide bombing in Baghdad kills at least 6 people

January 8, 2017 | By | Reply More

A suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden car Sunday in a bustling commercial area in the Iraqi capital, killing at least six civilians and wounding 10 others, an official said, the latest in a recent bout of violence claimed by the Islamic State group.

suicideInterior Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan said a member of the security forces spotted the car bomber and opened fire, but was unable to prevent him from detonating his vehicle outside the Jamila wholesale market in Baghdad’s sprawling Shiite district of Sadr City.

Another police officer and two medical officials in nearby hospitals put the casualty figures at 14 killed and 42 wounded.

The Islamic State group has carried out a string of bombings in Baghdad over the past week, killing nearly 100 people. The deadliest was last week when a suicide bomber in another commercial area in Sadr City killed 41 people and wounded 64 others.

Commercial and public areas are among the militants’ most frequent targets as they seek to undermine public confidence in the government’s ability to maintain security.

The attack came a day after Iraqi government troops made fresh progress in their push to retake the northern IS-held city of Mosul, dislodging militants from new areas and for the first time approaching the Tigris River that divides the city.

If successful, the retaking of the city would be the biggest blow yet to IS. Mosul is the largest remaining city in the self-declared IS “caliphate” spanning Iraq and Syria.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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