Suicide bomber kills seven in Baghdad

ISIS has stepped up bomb attacks in government-held areas this year as it loses territory to Iraqi forces and Shi’ite militias

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A suicide bomber blew himself up in a commercial street of Baghdad on Sunday, killing seven and wounding 28, police sources said, as ISIS steps up attacks in Iraq.

The ultra-hardline Sunni group claimed the attack in Iskan, a mostly Shi’ite district in the west of the Iraqi capital.

The militants’ Amaq news agency said the bombing targeted members of the Badr Organization, the most powerful Iraqi Shi’ite militia, which is backed by Iran.

ISIS has intensified bomb attacks in government-held areas of Iraq this year as it loses territory to US-backed Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias.

It claimed a truck bombing in July that killed at least 324 in the Karrada shopping area of Baghdad, in the deadliest single attack in Iraq since the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, in 2003.

The group continues to control vast areas in northern and western Iraq, including the city of Mosul, captured in 2014.

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