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A suicide bomber struck near a checkpoint in a Shiite area of northern Baghdad today, killing at least 15 people, Iraqi security and medical officials said.

A suicide bomber struck near a checkpoint in a Shiite area of northern Baghdad today, killing at least 15 people, Iraqi security and medical officials said.

The blast also wounded at least 29 people, the officials said.

IS issued a statement claiming the attack, saying it targeted soldiers and pro-government paramilitaries in the area.

The group also claimed an attack where a suicide bomber targeted shoppers in Baghdad’s central Karrada district earlier this month, killing 292 people, while an attack on a Shiite shrine in Balad, north of the capital, left 40 dead a few days later.

IS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces have since regained significant ground and are conducting operations to set the stage for the battle to recapture Mosul, the last IS-held city in the country.

But the jihadists have responded to the battlefield setbacks by hitting back against civilians, and experts have warned there may be more bombings as the jihadists continue to lose ground.