Islamic State claim responsibility for a suicide car bombing that kills at least 25 at a checkpoint in Baghdad. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
A suicide car bombing on Tuesday (October 14) killed a parliament member and 24 others in a Shi'ite neighborhood in Baghdad, according to police and medical officials, as Islamic State attacked towns in western Anbar province. The third straight day of bombings in Shi'ite parts of Baghdad and an offensive in Anbar province that saw strategic towns threatened by Islamic State pointed to the dire security situation in Iraq. The blast in Baghdad, claimed by Islamic State, occurred late afternoon as cars lined up to enter the affluent neighbourhood, home to one of the holiest shrines in Shi'ite Islam, Imam Kadhim. Police and medics said Ahmed al-Khafaji, a member of the Shi'ite Badr political party and a former deputy interior minister, counted among the dead. Five police officers were also killed, police and medical officials said. In a second attack, a roadside bomb killed three passersby on a busy street in the communally mixed district of al-Qahira in northern Baghdad, police and medical officials said. The attack in Kadhimiya marked the third straight day of bombings there and other mostly Shi'ite neighbourhoods in the Iraqi capital and its outskirts. The blasts have killed at least 77 people since Sunday. Islamic State, ultra-radical Sunni Muslim insurgents who have seized wide areas of northern and western Iraq, described the bombing as targeting Khafaji, according to the Site monitoring group.