BAGHDAD’S MALL DOUBLE SUICIDE ATTACK
Four gunmen charged, on Monday 01/11/2016 afternoon, into al-Jawhara shopping mall in central Baghdad after a car bomb exploded outside, killing at least seven people, two police sources said.
The sources said it was not clear if the assailants, who may have been wearing suicide vests, had killed anyone or taken hostages at the Jawaher mall. Seven people were killed and 27 others wounded in the car bomb blast, police and medical sources said.
According to later update About 20 assailants stormed the al-Jawhara mall. Gunmen were on the roof of the shopping centre and have taken hostages. One official said there might be as many as 75 people inside the centre. Most of the hostages were believed to be women.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Islamic State militants controlling large swathes of Iraq’s north and west regularly target Shiite districts and security forces in the capital and elsewhere.
Iraq is also gripped by a sectarian conflict mostly between Shiites and Sunnis that has been exacerbated by the rise of the ultra-hardline Sunni insurgents of Islamic State.
Earlier in the day, three people were killed and eight others wounded when a car bomb claimed by Islamic State went off near a restaurant in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, security and medical sources said.
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