A Shi’ite mosque in South-west Baghdad’s Al-Radwaniya district was targeted in a suicide bombing today, with Iraqi police reporting that 9 people had been killed, with another 25 currently receiving treatment for injuries sustained in the blast. Iraqi police claim that two suicide attackers assaulted the mosque, with one of the assailants being killed before he could use his explosives.
A separate incident was reported today in the Abu Ghraib district west of Baghdad, where a bombing killed 2 people and wounded 9 others.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for today’s attacks
Such attacks are especially dangerous on Fridays, where suicide bombers aim to target large groups of prayer goers (Iraqi workers also take Friday and Saturday as their weekend – so public spaces tend to be busier on these days).
This is the second large attack in Baghdad in less than a month, as an ISIS suicide bombing killed 29 people and injured 60 at a football stadium in the city just a few weeks ago.