ISIS suicide bomber hits Baghdad shops, killing seven

A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group ripped through shops in eastern Baghdad on Monday, killing at least seven people, Iraqi security and medical officials said.

AFP| Updated: Apr 25, 2016, 23:36 PM IST

Baghdad: A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group ripped through shops in eastern Baghdad on Monday, killing at least seven people, Iraqi security and medical officials said.

The blast in the Shiite majority area of Baghdad Jadida also wounded at least 32 people, started fires in some shops and scattered debris across the street.

White smoke poured from a series of shops that sold perfume, and the partially burned remains of a car sat in the street nearby.

The Islamic State issued a statement claiming the attack.

IS frequently carries out suicide bombings in Iraq, both as part of military operations and targeting civilians.

The jihadist group overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, although Iraqi forces have since regained significant ground from IS.

The group still controls a large part of western Iraq, and it carries out frequent bombings in government-held areas.