ISIS suicide bomber kills eight near Baghdad Shiite mosque

An Iraqi security forces stands guard as Shi'ite pilgrims walk to the holy city of Kerbala, ahead of the holy Shi'ite ritual of Arbaeen, in Baghdad, Nov. 29, 2015. (Reuters)

A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group killed at least eight people near a Shiite mosque in eastern Baghdad on Wednesday, security and medical officials said.

The blast in the Obeidi area also wounded at least 19 people, the officials said.

ISIS claimed the attack in a statement posted online, saying a bomber identified as "Abu Salem" carried it out with an explosives-rigged belt.

ISIS considers Shiites to be heretics, and frequently targets them with bombings in crowded areas of the capital.

ISIS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad last year, and while Iraqi forces have retaken significant territory north of the capital, much of the country's west remains under militant control.

Bombings in Baghdad have become less frequent since the ISIS offensive last year, apparently because the jihadists have been occupied with fighting elsewhere.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49