BAGHDAD May 30 The Islamic State group has
claimed responsibility for a car bomb that killed at least 13
people and wounded about 30 in the early hours of Tuesday in a
commercial street of central Baghdad, according to security
The bombing targeted the Karrada district, which was hit by
a massive truck bomb in July 2016 that killed at least 324
people, the deadliest attack in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion
of the country in 2003.
The 2016 blast was also claimed by Islamic State.
Both bombings happened during the Muslim holy month of
Ramadan, during which people stay up late and many eat out to
prepare for the fast the next day.
Islamic State's Amaq news agency claimed Tuesday's attack in
Karrada, a mainly Shi'ite Muslim district.
The hardline Sunni group has been retreating in Iraq since
the end of 2015 in the face of U.S.-backed government forces and
Iranian-backed Shi'ite paramilitary groups.
It is now besieged in an enclave in the northern city of
Mosul, which it has used as its de facto capital in Iraq.
Islamic State declared a "caliphate" over parts of Syria and
Iraq in 2014.
(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Paul Tait)