Bomb attack on Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad kills seven

Daily Star – Lebanon

BAGHDAD: A suicide bomb claimed by ISIS killed at least seven people, including two police, when it exploded Monday near a Shiite procession in a northern Baghdad neighborhood, police and medical sources said.

The explosion in Shaab, which the sources said left 23 wounded, was one of a relatively small number of attacks reported in Iraq over the weekend as Shiites across the Muslim world marked the holy day of Ashoura.

The annual ritual has become a flashpoint for attacks over the last decade.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the blast in a statement distributed online by supporters.

The group said the target was “rejectionists” – a derogatory term it uses to refer to Shiites. It said 20 people were killed and 40 wounded.

Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the statement.

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry confirmed that the blast, caused by an assailant wearing an explosive vest, had resulted in several deaths and injuries.