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ISIS says Lebanese man behind suicide attack in Iraq

Civilians inspect a crater caused by a car bomb explosion in commercial area of New Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

BEIRUT: ISIS has announced that a Lebanese man carried out a suicide attack that killed 15 people in Baghdad Tuesday, the first case of its kind since the radical group expanded in Iraq.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), which has taken control of swaths of land in Iraq and Syria, said that Abu Talha al-Lubnani, a nom du guerre, packed his vehicle with 300 kilograms of explosives and detonated it in a crowded center in New Baghdad, east of the capital.

The attack killed 15 people and wounded at least 37 people in the popular intersection during the morning rush hours, AFP reported.

A picture of the alleged suicide bomber carrying a weapon with the caption "the creators of life," circulated on social media. The man was identified as Hisham al-Hajj from the northern city of Tripoli.

A number of Tripoli residents have joined the ranks of the Syrian opposition including the Free Syrian Army and Nusra Front and have carried out suicide attacks against the Syria Army. Hajj is the first Lebanese to have been reported to carry out an attack in Iraq.

 

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