Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, stand under an Islamic State (IS) group banner in the recently recaptured town of Al-Karamah, 26 kms from the IS bastion of Raqa, as they advance to encircle the jihadists, on March 26, 2017.
US-backed fighters pressed their offensive near the Islamic State group’s main Syrian bastion Raqa, a day after seizing a military airport that brings them closer to besieging the jihadists. / AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN (Photo credit should read DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
At least nine people were killed when a car bomb exploded in central Baghdad early Tuesday, according to officials in the Iraqi capital.
“A car bomb exploded in the busy al Hurriya Square in central Baghdad, killing nine civilians and wounding 24 others,” police Maj. Ali Mohammed said.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement published on Twitter and Telegram by the group’s media wing, Amaq.
The statement said ISIS targeted a gathering of Shiites.
Car bombs and roadside bombs are not uncommon in Baghdad. ISIS this year has carried out several attacks across the capital and killed dozens of people.
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