In what is being described as a terrorist attack, a deadly car bomb was set off at a mall entrance in eastern Baghdad.
The attack took place place in a mall in mainly Shiite eastern Baghdad on Monday evening. An estimated 50- 75 people were inside the mall when the incident began.
The explosion killed at least 10 people and left 25 wounded, Iraqi authorities reported. Three police were reported among the dead.
Iraqi Samarra TV has released a video it said shows the attack by the terrorists on the shopping mall and shows four attackers wearing what are being described as suicide vests.
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A police source told Agence France Presse three hostages inside the mall were executed by the attackers.
“When the security forces got too close, [the attackers] killed three hostages… We are taking a cautious approach now. We want this attack to end with the lowest possible number of casualties,” the source said.
Gunmen could be seen on the roof of the mall, which was surrounded by police and soldiers, according to local authorities. Security officials had established a cordon around the mall.
At least three police were reported to be among the dead.
Iraqi television channel Al Sumaria cited a statement by the county’s interior ministry, which said the hostage crisis has been resolved.
“All the terrorists have been eliminated. The situation in the Baghdad Jadida district is under control,” the statement said. The information could not be immediately verified.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
ISIS often targets the Shiite majority of Iraq. Iraq has been torn by sectarian conflict between Shias and Sunnis, a situation that has worsened with the rise of extremist groups such as ISIS.
Also Monday, three people were killed and eight wounded when ISIS exploded a car bomb near a restaurant in Baquba, 40 miles north-east of Baghdad.
h/t: Fox News