ISIS car bombs kills 14 in Iraq’s capital Baghdad

A member of Iraqi security forces stands at the site of car bomb attack in the predominately Shiite Muslim neighbourhood of al-Obaidi, Iraq, January 5, 2017. (Reuters)

Two car bombs in Baghdad claimed by ISIS killed at least 14 people on Thursday, police and medics said, part of a surge in violence across the capital at a time when U.S.-backed Iraqi forces are trying to drive the militants from Mosul in the north.

The Amaq news agency, which supports ISIS, said a parked car loaded with explosives in the al-Obeidi area had targeted a gathering of Shiite Muslims, whom the ultra-hardline Sunni group considers apostates.

Attacks across Baghdad in the past week, some claimed by ISIS, have killed more than 60 people, with violence escalating as US-backed Iraqi forces try to drive the militants from the northern city of Mosul.

ISIS has lost most of the territory it seized in northern and western Iraq in 2014, and ceding Mosul would probably spell the end of its self-styled caliphate. However, its insurgent capabilities in Iraq persist.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48