Bomb kills 13, hurts 24 in Baghdad; IS claims responsibility
- Nick Mcbride
At least 10 people were killed and 40 were wounded when a vehicle bomb exploded outside an ice cream shop in central Baghdad early Tuesday, according to official in the Iraqi capital.
The officials say the bombing targeted a popular ice cream shop in central Baghdad and involved explosives left in a parked vehicle.
The nighttime attack outside the ice cream parlor in the bustling Karrada neighborhood killed 17 people and also wounded 32, police and health officials said.
IS considers members of Iraq's Shiite Muslim majority - including the women and children who were victims of the ice cream shop blast - to be heretics and thus legitimate targets for attack.
Families were gathering after breaking their daily fast as part of Islam's holy month of Ramadan when the bomb went off.
At one point, a young girl is spotted walking around in a daze as fires burn and bodies lay all around her.
During Ramadan last year, another section of Karrada was hit by massive suicide bombing that killed nearly 300 people, the deadliest single attack in the Iraqi capital in 13 years of war.
Tuesday's attack comes as Iraqi troops are slowing pushing IS fighters out of their last strongholds in the northern city of Mosul.
Islamic State was also responsible for a big truck bombing during Ramadan previous year that killed hundreds of people.
Closed-circuit TV captured the moment of the explosion at the Baghdad ice cream shop Monday night.
Ramadan is often marked by an increase in violence in Iraq.