IS Claims Baghdad Suicide Bombing That Kills Seven

BAGHDAD (Reuters) -
Military vehicles of Iraqi security forces and Shi’ite fighters are seen as they gather at Udhaim dam, north of Baghdad on March 1. Iraqi soldiers and pro-government Shi’ite militias have been massing in preparation for an attack on Islamic State strongholds along the Tigris River to the north and south of Tikrit, hometown of executed former president Saddam Hussein. (REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani)
Military vehicles of Iraqi security forces and Shiite fighters are seen as they gather at Udhaim dam, north of Baghdad, March 1. (Reuters/Thaier Al-Sudani)

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a commercial street of Baghdad on Sunday, killing seven and wounding 28, police sources said, as Islamic State steps up attacks in Iraq.

The ultra-hardline Sunni group claimed the attack in Iskan, a mostly Shiite district in the west of the Iraqi capital.

The terrorists’ Amaq news agency said the bombing targeted members of the Badr Organisation, the most powerful Iraqi Shiite militia, which is backed by Iran.

Islamic State has intensified bomb attacks in government-held areas of Iraq this year as it loses territory to U.S.-backed Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Shiite militias.

It claimed a truck bombing in July that killed at least 324 in the Karrada shopping area of Baghdad, in the deadliest single attack in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, in 2003.

The group continues to control vast areas in northern and western Iraq, including the city of Mosul, captured in 2014.