Bombings in the Iraqi capital claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 21 people and wounded 55 yesterday, security and medical officials said. The attacks struck central Baghdad’s Wathba Square and near Tayran Square. The jihadist group said the attacks were carried out by two suicide bombers, whom it did not identify.
Two suicide bombers targeted Iraqi police checkpoints in commercial areas in central Baghdad during rush hour Thursday, killing at least 21 people, officials said. The Islamic State group swiftly claimed responsibility for the blasts. Both attacks were carried out by bombers on foot, wearing explosives-laden vests, two police officers said. One bomber struck in Baghdad’s Bab al-Sharji area, killing nine civilians and three police officers there.