May 11, 2016 - 12:58 AMT
Islamic State car bomb attack kills at least 22, wounds 60 in Iraq

A car bomb claimed by Islamic State in a Shi'ite Muslim district of Baghdad killed at least 22 people and wounded more than 60 others on Wednesday, May 11, Iraqi police and hospital sources said, according to Reuters.

The SUV packed with explosives went off near a beauty salon in a bustling market at rush hour in Sadr City. Most of the victims were women, the sources said.

Amaq news agency, which supports Islamic State, said a suicide bomber had targeted Shi'ite militia fighters.

The ultra-hardline Sunni jihadist group, which considers Shi'ites apostates, claimed a twin suicide bombing in Sadr City in February that killed 70 people, Reuters says.

The fight against Islamic State has exacerbated a long-running sectarian conflict in Iraq, mostly between the Shi'ite majority and the Sunni minority.

Sectarian violence also threatens to undermine efforts to dislodge the militant group from vast areas of the north and west of Iraq that they seized in 2014.

Photo. AP