• Suicide bomber kills at least 14 in north Baghdad


    BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber attacked a Shiite-majority area of north Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 14 people, security and medical officials said.

    The blast in Kadhimiyah, which is home to a revered Shiite shrine, also wounded at least 43 people.

    The bomber struck near vendors selling goods on the pavement in the district’s crowded Aden Square, an Agence France-Presse correspondent reported.

    Blood stains were still visible on the ground.

    It is the second suicide bombing to hit the capital in three days. On Saturday, an attack inside a restaurant in the Baghdad Jadida area killed at least 23 people.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Monday attack, but suicide bombings are a tactic almost exclusively employed by Sunni extremists in Iraq, including jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group.

    IS spearheaded an offensive that swept through large areas north and west of Baghdad last June, and Iraqi forces are battling to regain ground with support from US-led air strikes.

    A roadside bomb also exploded in a commercial district in the Shiite-majority Husseiniyah area near Baghdad on Monday, killing at least one person and wounding at least seven.

    Militants often target crowded places like restaurants, squares and markets to maximize casualties.

    Sunni extremists consider Shiites to be heretics, and frequently target them with deadly bombings.



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