Sun Sep 25, 2016 | 6:42am EDT
A suicide bomber blew himself up in a commercial street of Baghdad on Sunday, killing seven and wounding 28, police sources said, as Islamic State steps up attacks in Iraq.
The ultra-hardline Sunni group claimed the attack in Iskan, a mostly Shi’ite district in the west of the Iraqi capital.
The militants’ Amaq news agency said the bombing targeted members of the Badr Organisation, the most powerful Iraqi Shi’ite militia, which is backed by Iran.
Islamic State has intensified bomb attacks in government-held areas of Iraq this year as it loses territory to U.S.-backed Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias.
It claimed a truck bombing in July that killed at least 324 in the Karrada shopping area of Baghdad, in the deadliest single attack in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, in 2003.
The group continues to control vast areas in northern and western Iraq, including the city of Mosul, captured in 2014.
(Reporting by Kareem Raheem in Baghdad; Writing by Maher Chmaytelli in Paris; Editing by Clelia Oziel)