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Islamic State claim twin blasts at Baghdad mall

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 00:39

Twelve people have been killed in two suicide bombings claimed by Islamic State at a shopping mall in Baghdad, police and hospital sources say. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). Twelve people were killed late on Friday when two suicide bombings claimed by Islamic State attacked a shopping mall in eastern Baghdad, according to police and hospital sources. More than 40 people were wounded in the attack at Nakheel Mall opposite the oil ministry, the sources said. One bomb went off at the entrance to the mall, the other in the parking lot. Amaq news agency, which supports Islamic State, said in an online statement that two suicide bombers, one wearing a vest and the other in a car, had targeted "a gathering of Shi'ites" on Palestine Street. The fight against Islamic State, which seized a third of Iraq's territory in 2014, has exacerbated a long-running sectarian conflict in Iraq. The militants have lost ground in the past year to U.S.-backed government forces and Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias, but such bombings show the group can still strike outside the territory it controls.

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Islamic State claim twin blasts at Baghdad mall

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 00:39