This morning, two huge blasts stuck the northern al-Shaab district after an alleged ISIS supporter denoted his suicide vest in coordination with a pre-planted bomb. This suburb is predominately Shiite, a religious group deemed to be unbelievers by the Islamic State.

According to a spokesperson of the Baghdad Operations Command, 38 were killed and 69 injured in the al-Shaab district – many of whom are still in critical condition.

Meanwhile, a car bomb exploded in the southern Al-Rasheed neighbourhood at a vegetable market, killing 6 people with an additional 21 receiving injuries.

Although ISIS has not formally claimed responsibility for the attacks yet, the Islamist group has repeatedly struck the Iraqi capital with suicide bombers, striking fear into the hearts of local Iraqi residents of all religious affiliations.

ISIS attacks in Baghdad and its western countryside have killed nearly 200 Iraqis – soldiers and civilians alike – in the past week alone, a new high for 2016.

Two days ago, another ISIS attack targeted a state cooking gas factory on the northern outskirts of Baghdad. Subsequently, 14 people died, and at least 27 others were injured in the bombing, according to police.

Update: Death toll now at 63, more than 100 wounded.

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