Car bomb in eastern Baghdad kills 13, wounds dozens
Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on a vegetable market in the east of the city
People inspect the scene after a car bomb explosion at a crowded outdoor market in Baghdad on Sunday. Photograph: Karim Kadim/AP
People at the scene of a car bomb explosion at a crowded outdoor market in Baghdad on Sunday. Photograph: Karim Kadim/AP
A suicide car bomb blast claimed by Islamic State killed at least 13 people and wounded more than 50 others at a vegetable market in eastern Baghdad on Sunday, police and medical sources said.
The attacker drove the car through a gate to the market in the mainly Shia district of Jamila, and detonated the bomb after security forces opened fire on the vehicle, a police source said.
Islamic State claimed the attack in an online statement, saying the bomber had targeted “a gathering of Shia” in the area.
A series of attacks in the Iraqi capital and other cities in the country have killed dozens of people in just over a week.
Iraqi forces advanced to within several hundred metres of the Tigris river than runs through Mosul on Saturday, as their operation against the ultra-hardline group gathers pace.
Islamic State is likely to resort to bomb attacks and similar tactics elsewhere in Iraq as it is driven out of its Mosul stronghold.