Last updated: 12 June, 2014

ISIL claims Baghdad attacks that killed dozens

Powerful jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Thursday claimed attacks in Baghdad that killed dozens of people and announced a new campaign.

ISIL militants have spearheaded a major offensive that has overrun all of one province, large areas of two more and part of a fourth since it began on Monday night.

ISIL said it carried out attacks in Baghdad on Wednesday including three bombings that killed at least 30 people, in a statement posted on Twitter the following day.

And it announced a new campaign of attacks titled “The March” without elaborating further.

In the two deadliest attacks on Wednesday, a suicide bomber struck a meeting of local tribal leaders in Baghdad, killing at least 15 people, while a car bomb in the city killed 13 more people.