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Islamic State claims responsibility for Iraq blast that killed eight 

Iraq's security agencies have invested heavily in securing Baghdad, the country's capital, even as insurgents continue to stage attacks in the countryside.

By: AP | Baghdad |
May 10, 2019 7:19:20 pm
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The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Baghdad market the previous day that killed eight people.

The extremist group released a statement early on Friday saying the bomber detonated his explosives vest at the Jamila marketplace in Baghdad’s sprawling Shiite neighbourhood of Sadr City on Thursday evening. Fifteen people were wounded.

Iraq’s security agencies have invested heavily in securing Baghdad, the country’s capital, even as insurgents continue to stage attacks in the countryside.

Islamic state, Islamic State extremists, Islamic state in Iraq, Iraq blasts, blasts in Iraq, Baghdad blasts, ISIS, ISIS rule, Ramadan in Iraq, Iraq during ramadan, Iraq news, world news, Indian Express Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), which split from Nigeria-based Boko Haram in 2016, has carried out a series of attacks in the last few months. (AP File photo)

Iraqis are out late during the holy month of Ramadan when observant Muslims fast from dawn till sundown.
Hakim al-Zamily with the Sadrist political movement, which enjoys wide support in Sadr City, said lax security was to blame and that IS cells are taking advantage of slackened security measures in Baghdad.

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