BAGHDAD, Sept. 26 (UPI) — At least eight people died and 25 were injured in Baghdad on Sunday after three bombing attacks, including one claimed by the Islamic State.
The deadliest attack, in which six people died in western Baghdad’s Iskan district when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt, was carried out by the Islamic State. The attack occurred when a small group of Shiite pilgrims were preparing a tent for Islam’s Muharram holy month.
The Amaq News Agency, known as the Islamic State’s media outlet, said the militant group carried out the attack to target Shiites.
A bomb also exploded on a bus in central Baghdad, killing one person early Sunday. The final bombing of the day killed one and left five injured.
The holy month of Muharram, which begins on Oct. 1, is the first month of the Islamic calendar.