A suicide bomber blew himself up in a commercial street of Baghdad on Sunday, killing seven and wounding 28.

The explosion, took place in the Shi’ite-dominated Iskan district, after a suicide bomber detonated his belt of explosives.The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the blast through its affiliated Amaq news agency. It said the attack targeted the Iran-backed Iraqi Shi’ite militia group known as the Badr Organisation.

The terror outfit, which still has control over sections of northern and western Iraq, has increased its offensive in state-controlled regions of the country in retaliation to losing territories to the United States-backed Iraqi forces and Iran-backed Shi’ite militias. The group also claimed responsibility for the 2003 bombing in Baghdad that killed at least 324 people.

The blast in West Baghdad comes a day after at least 12 security personnel died in Tikrit, north of Baghdad, in a triple suicide attack on Saturday. Officials said militants shot at a security checkpoint before driving a vehicle carrying explosives into it. Four security personnel died there. Two other militants drove into Tikrit city and detonated their car bombs, killing another eight people.

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