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Iraq: 21 killed in Baghdad suicide blast, weeks after deadliest in years

Sunday 24 July 2016, by siawi3

Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/24/middleeast/iraq-baghdad-suicide-bombing-isis/

By Paul Armstrong, CNN

Updated 1132 GMT (1932 HKT) July 24, 2016

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ISIS claimed responsibility for the latest attack
The terror group was also behind the deadliest attack on Baghdad for years earlier this month

Abu Dhabi (CNN) Terror once again struck the streets of Iraq’s capital Sunday, after a suicide bombing killed at least 21 people in a residential neighborhood in northern Baghdad.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Kadhimiya, which also injured more than 35 others, Iraqi security officials said.

The claim by ISIS was released by the terror group’s media wing Amaq and on pro-ISIS social media accounts circulated by its supporters.
Sunday’s attack came just weeks after the deadliest terror attack in war-weary Baghdad in years, when a suicide truck bomb plowed into a busy shopping district killing almost 300 people.
The bomb-laden truck smashed into a building housing a coffee shop and stores shortly after midnight, when the surrounding streets were packed with people who had been gathering after breaking their Ramadan fasts.

Photo: Iraqi security forces stand guard at the site of Sunday’s blast.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in the Karrada district — another mainly Shiite area.
After a night of bombing and burning, mourning in Baghdad

ISIS losing territory but remains deadly

Analysts say this demonstration of the terror group’s capacity to strike at the heart of the capital may force a delay of the long-awaited government push to retake the northern city of Mosul, the largest city under ISIS control.

VIDEO: Drone reveals devastation in Baghdad 00:59

The Sunni terror group, which has carved out a self-declared caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, has been losing territory, most recently in the Iraqi city of Falluja.
Spate of terror attacks over Ramadan
The fallout from the Karrada attack included the resignation of Iraq’s interior minister, Mohammed Salem al-Ghabban, who stepped aside two days later, citing a lack of "coordination among security systems" as the reason for his departure.
In an embarrassing admission, the government also had to order security personnel to stop using bogus bomb detectors that, for years, have been widely known to be useless.

CNN’s Mohammed Tawfeeq and Kareem Kadder contributed to this report.