IS Claims Responsibility for Car Bomb That Kills 23 in Baghdad

At least 15 people were killed and 33 others wounded on Monday in a vehicle bomb explosion at a marketplace in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a police source told Xinhua.

The attack - as Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi met US President Donald Trump in Washington DC - targeted a busy commercial district of the Hay al-Amel suburb, according to police and hospital officials.

The Daesh terrorist group has claimed responsibility - according to a statement circulated online - for the Monday evening attack that injured 45 others when a auto laden with explosives went off in a crowded shopping area in al-Amil neighborhood in southern Baghdad.

No one has claimed responsibility of the attack. A series of large-scale bombings claimed by IS have struck Baghdad since the operation to retake Mosul began.Iraqi and coalition officials have repeatedly warned that IS will return to its insurgent roots as it loses territory.

The official said that the incident happened as the Iraqi forces closed in on Islamic State fighters in the Old City in west Mosul.

Iraqi forces advanced in western Mosul, reaching the outskirts of the historic Grand Mosque of al-Nuri, where Islamic State's leader declared the establishment of its self-styled caliphate in 2014.

The attacks came as the Iraqi security forces backed by anti-IS global coalition are carrying out a major offensive to drive out the IS militants from its last major stronghold in Iraq's northern city of Mosul.

  • Zachary Reyes