24 killed in Baghdad suicide attack claimed by ISIS
The attacks targeted the mainly Shiite districts of Kadhimiyah and Hurriya in northern Baghdad
Blasts killed at least 24 people in one of Baghdad’s main Shiite neighborhoods Saturday when suicide bombers tried to breach a checkpoint in an attack claimed by ISIS.
“Three suicide bombers tried to cross the checkpoint at Adan Square” in the Kadhimiyah neighborhood, said Baghdad Operations Command spokesman Saad Maan.
The attack took place at around 5:30 pm (1430 GMT) on the square, one of the main access points for the Shiite shrine of Kadhimiyah, which attracts many visitors on Saturdays.
Saad Maan said security forces at the checkpoint engaged the attackers and shot dead one of them, while the other two blew themselves up.
A police colonel said one of the explosions was caused by a suicide car bomb.
He said at least 24 people were killed and 61 wounded. A source at the nearby Kadhimiyah hospital and an interior ministry official confirmed the casualty toll.
Baghdad Province of ISIS, which has controlled swathes of Iraq since last year, claimed responsibility for the attack, said a U.S. monitoring group.
The ISIS affiliate tweeted that two bombers, Abu Hudhayfa and Abu Aisha, detonated their explosive belts, one after the other, at Shiite gatherings in Kadhimiyah, according to SITE Intelligence Group.
Adan Square has been repeatedly hit by attacks. More than 20 people died in a suicide bomb blast there in February.
According to figures released by the United Nations Mission in Iraq on Thursday, a total of 717 Iraqis were killed and another 1,216 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in September.
The Baghdad governorate alone accounted for 257 of the deaths.
The U.N. says its figures only account for the casualties that can be verified and are likely far below reality.
- Jordan MP’s son carried out Iraq suicide attack
- Despair, hardship as Iraq cuts off wages in ISIS cities
- Leading Iraqi cleric urges wider war against ISIS
- Japan pledges $1.5bn for Syria, Iraq refugees, peace efforts
- Belgian advert tells Iraqis not to travel there
- CIA, Special Ops cooperate to kill extremists in Syria, Iraq
- Iraq defends intelligence sharing with Russia, Syria, Iran
- Putin, Obama discussed sharing information on Syria