7 dead in Iraq suicide blast

Baghdad—Iraqi officials say a suicide bombing in the capital killed at least seven civilians and wounded 23.
A police officer says the suicide bomber set off his payload among a group of day labourers in Baghdad’s Tayaran Square on Tuesday. A medical official confirms the toll. The Islamic State group claimed the attack in an online statement circulated by supporters, saying it targeted Shiite militiamen. In recent months the extremists have carried out a series of large attacks mainly targeting Iraq’s Shiite majority.
The attacks come as IS has lost ground on a number of fronts in Syria and Iraq, where it governs a self-styled Islamic caliphate.— AP

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