BAGHDAD: A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State militant group killed three people on Thursday in the centre of Baghdad and a second bomb outside the Iraqi capital killed six people, police and medics said. The bomb in central Baghdad, claimed by the al Qaeda offshoot, exploded near the Shia mosque of Abdullah bin Rawah in the main wholesale market of Shorja, the sources said.
The Islamic State said on an affiliated Twitter feed that a man it called Abu Bakr al-Australi (the Australian) had detonated explosives in a vest he was wearing near the mosque. The other suicide bomber detonated an explosive-rigged car at a checkpoint on the northern exit from Baghdad, killing six people and wounding 18, most of them policemen, sources said.
The army and allied Shia militia forces are trying to push back insurgents, who swept through northern Iraq last month to within 70 km (45 miles) of Baghdad.
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