IS Suicide Bombings Kill At Least 10 Outside Baghdad Mall

At least 10 people were killed late on September 9 in two suicide bombings claimed by Islamic State at a shopping mall in eastern Baghdad, police and hospital sources said.

More than 28 people were wounded in the attack at Nakheel Mall across from the oil ministry, the sources said. One bomb went off at the entrance to the mall, the other in the parking lot.

Unconfirmed video published on Facebook showed what appeared to be four separate fires, including two cars engulfed in flames, under a highway overpass near the mall amid the wailing sirens of first responders.

IS's Amaq news agency said 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 militants have lost ground in the past year to U.S.-backed government forces and Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias. Yet such bombings show the group can still strike outside the territory its controls in northern and western Iraq.

 A car bombing in July killed 324 in one of the deadliest such attacks since a U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein 13 years ago. 

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters