12 killed in Baghdad suicide bombing: officials


A suicide bomber struck near a checkpoint in northern Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 12 people, Iraqi security and medical officials said.

The blast also wounded at least 22 people, the officials said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the militant Islamic State (IS) group carries out frequent suicide bombings targeting both Iraqi security forces and civilians.

A suicide bomber targeted shoppers in Baghdad’s central Karrada district earlier this month, killing 292 people, while an attack on a Shia shrine in Balad, north of the capital, left 40 dead a few days later.

IS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces have since regained significant ground and are conducting operations to set the stage for the battle to recapture Mosul, the last IS-held city in the country.

But the militants have responded to the battlefield setbacks by hitting back against civilians, and experts have warned there may be more bombings as the militants continue to lose ground.