AN ISIS car bomb has exploded outside an ice cream shop in Baghdad filled with women and kids celebrating Ramadan, killing at least 15 people and injuring 50, The Sun reports.
The group claimed responsibility for the attack, which Iraqi officials said involved remotely detonated explosives inside a parked car. The attack comes just days into the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims fast during daylight hours and during which ISIS has called for “all-out war”.
Videos posted to social media showed chaotic scenes on the streets surrounding the blast. A number of wounded lay on the ground, others propped themselves up on the park benches outside the ice cream shop.
One young girl, wearing a ribbon and bow in her hair, wandered the scene dazed. Ramadan is often marked by an uptick in violence in Iraq.
Last year, Baghdad was rocked by a huge truck bomb attack that targeted popular retail district Karrada, where young people and families were shopping for new clothes ahead of the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.
The blast killed hundreds in the single deadliest event in Baghdad since Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003. The ISIS group also claimed responsibility for that bombing, which ultimately led to the resignation of Iraq’s interior minister.
Tuesday’s attack comes as Iraqi troops are slowing pushing ISIS fighters out of their last strongholds in the northern city of Mosul.
Iraqi commanders say the offensive, which recently entered its eight month, will mark the end of the ISIS caliphate in Iraq, but concede the group will likely increase insurgent attacks in the wake of military defeats.