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Suicide attack on security checkpoint in northern Baghdad claims 15 lives

Last updated on: July 24, 2016 18:48 IST

A suicide bombing against a security check point in northern Baghdad has killed at least 15 people, Iraqi officials said on Sunday.

IMAGE: Iraqi security forces gather at the site where a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest at the entrance to Kadhimiya, a mostly Shiite Muslim district in northwest Baghdad, Iraq. Photograph: Khalid al Mousily/Reuters

A police officer says a bomber on foot detonated his device today morning at one of the entrances of the Shiite district of Kadhimiyah, killing at least eight civilians and two policemen. At least 29 other people were wounded.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to release information.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack which bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State group.

Security forces and public areas, mainly in Shiite neighborhoods, are one of the most frequent targets for the extremist group, which controls key areas in mainly northern and western Iraq. 

The attack comes hot on the heels of the terror strike in Kabul that claimed over 80 lives.