13 killed and 24 injured after ISIS set off a car bomb outside an ice cream parlour in Baghdad.
Footage shows the explosion, which tears through the packed district in the Iraqi capital at around midnight.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the atrocious attack, just a few days into the holy month of Ramadan, when families rush to restaurants and cafes at sundown.
The bomb was placed inside a car and detonated, according to Iraqi officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. Footage posted on social media showed horrific scenes on the streets surrounding the blast.
A number of wounded lay on the ground, others propped themselves up on the colorful park benches outside the ice cream shop.
One traumatized young girl, wearing a ribbon and bow in her hair, wandered the streets dazed. Ramadan is often marked by an uptick in violence in Iraq.
Last year, Baghdad was rocked by a huge truck bomb that targeted a popular retail district in the city center.
Kids and families were shopping for new clothes ahead of the holiday marking the end of Ramadan when it went off. The blast killed hundreds in the single deadliest event in Baghdad since Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003. ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombing, which ultimately led to the resignation of Iraq’s interior minister.
Tuesday’s attack comes as Iraqi troops slowly push ISIS fighters out of their last strongholds in the northern city of Mosul.
Iraqi commanders say the offensive, which recently entered its eight month, will mark the end of the ISIS caliphate in Iraq, but concede the group will likely increase insurgent attacks in the wake of military defeats.
Iraqi forces pushed forward with the aggression against jihadist-held areas of Mosul as the United Nations warned of grave danger to civilians in the final stages of the battle. Iraqi forces have recaptured the city’s east and large parts of its western side, but the jihadists are putting up tough fight in areas they still hold.
ISIS invaded large areas in the north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes have since recovered most of the territory they had lost.