Middle East

Iraq violence: Islamic State attacks kill dozens

Smoke rises as Iraqi security forces and civilians gather at the scene of a deadly suicide car bomb attack in Baghdad on 9 June Image copyright AP
Image caption A blast in Jadidah caused widespread damage to the commercial area

Two suicide attacks claimed by so-called Islamic State (IS) have killed at least 30 people in and around the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials say.

The first attack targeted a commercial area in the mainly Shia district of Baghdad al-Jadidah leaving 19 dead.

A second bomb hit an army checkpoint in Taji, north of the capital, killing 11 people, including soldiers.

The Sunni jihadist group has frequently attacked security targets and Shia Muslims, whom it considers apostates.

The group has intensified its attacks in Baghdad as the Iraqi army continues a major offensive to try to drive it from the IS stronghold of Falluja, 60km (37 miles) west of the capital.

More than 80 people were injured in the attacks, which happened at about 09:00 (06:00 GMT).

What is Islamic State?

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Image caption IS often targets Shia Muslim neighbourhoods

IS still controls large swathes of territory in the country's north and west, including Mosul, Iraq's second largest city.

The group is also under pressure in neighbouring Syria, where it has been targeted by government forces and US-backed rebels.

Deadly IS attacks

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17 May 2016: Four bomb blasts kill 69 people in Baghdad; three of the targets were Shia areas

11 May 2016: Car bombs in Baghdad kill 93 people, including 64 in market in Shia district of Sadr City

1 May 2016: Two car bombs kill at least 33 people in southern city of Samawa

26 March 2016: Suicide attack targets football match in central city of Iskandariya, killing at least 32

6 March 2016: Fuel tanker blown up at checkpoint near central city of Hilla, killing 47

28 February 2016: Twin suicide bomb attacks hit market in Sadr City, killing 70