Car bombs kill 14 in central Baghdad: security sources

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Wednesday that 12-year-old girl Zynab Al-Harbiya went with her family to Baghdad to visit her sick grandfather when a vehicle bomb exploded outside an ice cream shop on Monday, killing 17 people.

Hours later, the AFP news agency reported five people killed and 17 injured in a blast near al-Shuhada bridge, one of the city's main crossing points.

Brett McGurk, the envoy to the USA -led anti-Daesh (ISIS is also called Daesh) Coalition, condemned the attack and expressed his condolences for victims.

The attack unfolded just after midnight - as locals were breaking their daily fast for Ramadan, the officials said.

The attacks in Baghdad come as Iraqi forces fight to retake the last ISIS-held areas of Mosul, a city that was the jihadist group's most emblematic stronghold.

Bishop added Zynab's death highlights the cruelty of the Islamic State terrorist organisation, adding the group does not show respect for religion, nationality, sovereignty, borders and for humanity. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

The attack comes just days after the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan during which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. ISIS claimed onus for both the attacks. In recent years, Ramadan has seen an increase in violence in Iraq.

Last July 324 people were massacred by a truck bomb - the highest number of people killed in one attack since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. This was the most savage attack in the Iraqi capital in almost 13 years.

The two attacks occurred while the Iraqi security forces backed by anti-IS worldwide coalition are carrying out a major offensive to drive out the IS from their major stronghold in the western side of Mosul.

  • Zachary Reyes