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IS claims pair of bombings which kill 26 in Baghdad

By staff reporter

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a suicide blast and a roadside bombing that targeted Shiites in Baghdad, killing a total of 26 people and wounding dozens.

The suicide bomber struck at a memorial service for a Shiite militia fighter killed in battle against IS in the Iraqi capital's south-western suburb of Hay al-Amal, a police official said.

The militia fighter was killed while fighting against the militant group in Iraq's western Anbar province, the official added.

Also yesterday, a roadside bomb detonated at a Shiite shrine in Baghdad's Sadr City, killing at least five people and wounding 15.

Baghdad has seen near-daily attacks since the emergence of IS, with roadside bombs, suicide blasts and assassinations targeting Iraqi forces and government officials, with significant casualties among the civilian population.

The violence has killed hundreds and displaced tens of thousands of Iraqis.

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