Baghdad car bomb kills at least 10

Baghdad – A car bomb exploded in a crowded Shi’ite-majority area of the Iraqi capital on Monday, killing at least 10 people and wounding at least 31, security and medical officials said.

The blast in the Shaab area of northern Baghdad struck an area where minibuses gather near a market.

There was no immediate claim for the blast, but the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group, which frequently targets members of Iraq’s Shi’ite majority, has said it was behind multiple car bombings in Baghdad in recent weeks.

The city is hit by near-daily bombings and shootings that kill hundreds of people each month.

Security forces, despite being deployed at checkpoints and other positions across Baghdad, are consistently unable to prevent such attacks.

The violence comes as security forces and pro-government fighters battle to push back ISIS, which has seized significant territory since June.

They are now backed by US-led air strikes targeting the jihadists in both Iraq and neighbouring Syria, and also supported by international advisers.

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