Car bomb kills seven in Baghdad

Baghdad, Iraq Updated: Jul 13, 2016, 09:35 AM(IST)

Damaged cars and shops after the bomb attack at a marketplace in Baghdad's Rashidiya district, Iraq on July 12, 2016. Photograph:( Getty )

At least seven were killed and 11 wounded north of Baghdad today when a suicide bomber detonated a car full of explosives at a checkpoint, security and medical sources said, the second bombing in the district in two days.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast in Rashidiya, but Islamic State has been regularly carrying out such bombings in the capital and other parts of Iraq, where it seized large swathes of territory in 2014.

A similar attack in Rashidiya on Tuesday killed nine people.

A blast in the central Karrada district on July 3 killed at least 292 people, making it one of the worst among the hundreds of suicide bombings carried out in Iraq since US-led forces toppled Saddam Hussein 13 years ago.

The high death toll prompted a public outcry in Baghdad, with residents blaming the government for not sufficiently securing the capital.

Islamic State has been turning increasingly to suicide bombings, which US and Iraqi officials have touted as proof that battlefield setbacks are weakening the jihadists.

In a US-backed offensive, the Iraqi army retook the city of Ramadi from Islamic State this year, and more recently Fallujah, which the government said had been a launchpad for the group's Baghdad suicide bombings.

But critics say a global uptick in suicide attacks attributed to the group suggests it may just be adapting and would survive.

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