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ISIS bombings targeting Shias kill 19 in Baghdad

AFP , Friday 13 Nov 2015
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Attacks targeting Shias in Baghdad claimed by the ISIS group, including a suicide bombing at a funeral in a mosque, killed at least 19 people Friday, officials said.

The suicide bombing inside the Al-Ashara al-Mubashareen mosque in the Amil area of south Baghdad killed at least 17 people and wounded 33, the officials said.

Two officials said the funeral was for a member of the volunteer paramilitary forces known as the Popular Mobilisation units.

In the Sadr City area of north Baghdad, two roadside bombs exploded near another Shia place of worship, killing at least two people and wounding at least nine, officials said.

ISIS said in an online statement that it carried out two attacks in Sadr City and one at a funeral in Amil, but that all three were suicide bombings.

ISIS considers Shias to be heretics, and frequently targets them with bombings in Baghdad.

The Popular Mobilisation units, dominated by Iranian-backed Shia militias, are some of the most effective forces in the battle against ISIS, which overran large parts of the country last year.

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