A twin suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State (IS) killed 70 people in a Shi'ite Muslim district of Baghdad today (February 28, 2016) in the deadliest attack inside the Iraqi capital this year, the Reuters website reports.
Police said the suicide bombers were riding motorcycles and blew themselves up in a crowded mobile phone market in Sadr City, wounding more than 100 people in addition to the dead.
Witnesses said they saw pools of blood on the ground with slippers, shoes, and mobile phones at the site of the blasts, which was sealed off to prevent further attacks.
Islamic State said it was responsible for the blasts. "Our swords will not cease to cut off the heads of the rejectionist polytheists, wherever they are," it said in an online statement, using derogatory terms for Shi'ite Muslims.