More than 20 people are dead in Baghdad after Islamist militants exploded a series of bombs in and around Baghdad Monday, police officials said.
Islamic State terrorists claimed responsibility for two attacks, just after the bombs exploded, and amidst an Iraqi offensive in the IS-held city of Fallujah, just west of Baghdad.
The most destructive of Monday’s bombings took place in the Shi’ite neighborhood of Shaab in northern Baghdad, killing at least 11 people and wounding more than a dozen others when a suicide bomber drove his car into a checkpoint near a commercial area.
Another suicide car bomber killed at least six people and wounded about 20 others when he blew himself up near a police station in Tarmiyah, a predominantly Sunni neighborhood north of Baghdad.
The last suicide bomber, riding a motorcycle exploded himself in Sadr City, a mostly Shi’ite neighborhood, killing three and wounding about another 10.
IS claimed responsibility for the attacks on Shi’ite Muslims in Sadr City and Shaab in an online statement.