Twin bomb attacks in Baghdad kill at least 35
At least 35 people were killed in double suicide bombings in Tayaran Square in Baghdad, the second attack in three days. Baghdad has witnessed frequent attacks since the IS took over large areas in 2014, but have reduced in recent times since the government declared it had retaken most territories. This was the most fatal attack in more than a month, The Guardian reported.
Two explosions, one after the other, during rush hour
The site of the attack is a busy square, a regular for construction workers who assemble every morning to find work. The bombers hit during rush hour. One explosion was swiftly followed by another. About 100 were injured. The death toll rose fast from the initial 26. Security forces sealed off the area and ambulances rushed to the scene.
Attacks continue despite forces declaring win over IS
Despite forces declaring victory over the IS a month ago, attacks have continued, though more infrequent now. Five were killed in a suicide attack in the north of Baghdad two days ago. This has triggered fears of the group reverting to guerilla tactics. The deadliest attack in recent past was a truck bomb explosion in Baghdad's Karrada in July'16 - over 300 were killed.