Islamic State says Dutch suicide bomber struck Iraq police

The Islamic State jihadist group on Thursday claimed a suicide bombing at a police headquarters in west Baghdad, saying it was carried out by a Dutch national.

In an online statement, IS said that "Abu Abdullah al-Hollandi" carried out the attack using an explosives-rigged belt.

Security and medical officials said the Wednesday suicide bombing was preceded by a nearby car bomb and that the two attacks killed a total of 11 people and wounded 23.

But the IS statement said that information was not correct, and that there was only the suicide bombing.

IS spearheaded a jihadist offensive in June that has overrun large parts of the country, and security forces and pro-government fighters are battling to push them back.

They are now supported by US-led air strikes targeting IS in both Iraq and neighbouring Syria, while Washington and other governments have also pledged trainers to aid Iraqi forces.

Baghdad is hit by near-daily bombings and shootings that kill hundreds of people each month.

Despite being deployed at checkpoints and other positions across the city, security forces are consistently unable to prevent attacks.

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