Car Bombings Kill 24 in Iraq’s Capital
Two separate car bomb attacks on crowded streets in Iraq’s capital early Tuesday killed at least 24 people and wounded dozens more.
The first blast happened near a popular ice cream shop in Baghdad’s busy Karrada district, killing at least 15 people.
The Islamic State group said it was responsible for that bomb.
Hours later, a second explosion went off near a government office in the Shawaka section of the city. At least nine people were killed in that blast.
The attacks come a few days after Muslims began observing the holy month of Ramadan, when they flock to cafes and restaurants at night after a fasting during the day.
Islamic State was also responsible for a big truck bombing in Karrada during Ramadan last year that killed about 300 people.
The militants have been steadily losing territory in Iraq as pro-government forces fighting on the ground and a U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes push to reclaim remaining areas that were first seized in mid-2014.
The biggest target is Mosul, the largest city Islamic State took over in Iraq, but one where the government is back in control in the eastern section and working to rout the last militants from the western side.