BAGHDAD (AP) – The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a back-to-back twin bombing earlier in the day at an outdoor market in a Shiite-dominated neighborhood of Baghdad that left at least 28 dead.
The attack in the northern Shaab neighborhood was the deadliest of three assaults that hit the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people in all.
Police say the Shaab attack started with a roadside bomb explosion outside the concrete blast walls surrounding the open-air market, followed by a suicide bomber who blew himself up as people gathered to help the victims of the first explosion.
At least 65 others were wounded.
In an online statement, the Islamic State group says the attack was carried out by an Iraqi and targeted members of Shiite militias.
The Associated Press could not verify the authenticity of the statement but it was posted on a militant website commonly used by extremists.