Daesh attacks kill at least 17 in Baghdad

Daesh attacks kill at least 17 in Baghdad
A police tape cordons the site of a suicide bomb blast in Baghdad al-Jadida, Iraq on Tuesday. (REUTERS)
Updated 28 September 2016

Daesh attacks kill at least 17 in Baghdad

Daesh attacks kill at least 17 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD: Bombings claimed by Daesh militants hit shopping areas in Shiite districts of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing at least 17 people, security and medial officials said.
The group said suicide bombers with explosive vests carried out the attacks in the Baghdad Jadida neighborhood in the east of the city and the Bayaa area in the south.
Officials said at least eight people were killed and 29 wounded in Baghdad Jadida, although some said the area was hit by a roadside bomb as well as a suicide bomber.
Another suicide bomber targeted the Bayaa, killing at least nine people and wounding 30, officials said.
Daesh and other extremists consider Shiites to be heretics, and the militant group often targets civilians in Shiite areas of Baghdad.
Checkpoints in the capital frequently cause massive traffic jams that inconvenience citizens, but they consistently fail to prevent attacks.
For years, most checkpoints featured fake bomb detectors that have now finally been scrapped, and guards wave most cars through unchecked.
Tuesday’s violence came two days after another suicide bombing claimed by Daesh killed six people in western Baghdad.
A day before that, bomb and gun attacks claimed by the group killed 12 people in the area of Tikrit, a city north of the capital.
Iraqi forces are preparing for a push on Mosul, the last Daesh-held city in the country, after regaining much of the Iraqi territory the jihadists seized in June 2014.
But Daesh has maintained the ability to carry out attacks in government-controlled areas even as it loses ground.