Two suicide bombings at a shopping mall in eastern Baghdad left up to 40 people dead and more than 60 injured, police and medics reported. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Videos from the scene show chaos and destruction.

 

The terrorist act took place at the Nakheel Mall, across the road from the oil ministry, police and medical sources told Reuters. One device exploded at the front door and another in the parking lot.

 

According to the Amaq news agency, which is run by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), the attack targeted “a gathering of Shia” just outside the mall. The latest atrocity comes just as the Iraqi military is preparing to mount an offensive on the IS-held city of Mosul.