IS suicide bombings hit Iraq capital killing 20

IS suicide bombings hit Iraq capital killing 20
At least two suicide bombers have killed 20 people in Iraq's capital, as Iraqi forces continue their advance on Islamic State group-held Fallujah, west of Baghdad.
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Baghdad is frequently targeted by car bombs [Getty]
A wave of suicide bombings have killed at least 20 people in the Iraqi capital on Monday.

A checkpoint and a market in Baghdad were hit by militants, with the Islamic State group claiming responsibility for the attacks shortly afterwards.

IS said they had targeted Shia militias, but the majority of the casualties appear to be civilians.

A suicide car bombing has targeted an Iraqi army checkpoint in Baghdad, killing at least eight people, officials said on Monday.

The bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into the checkpoint near a commercial area in the northern, Shia-dominated Shaab neighborhood of the Iraqi capital on Monday morning.

He says five civilians and three soldiers were killed and up to fourteen people were wounded.

A medical official confirmed casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to release information.

The attack comes as Iraqi forces are poised to retake Fallujah - the city west of Baghdad - from IS militants.