At approximately 2000 local time (1700 UTC) on 26 November 2019, unidentified militants detonated three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in separate neighborhoods of Baghdad. The attacks occurred in the southwestern Baiyaa neighborhood; the northeastern Shaab City neighborhood; and the southeastern Baladiyat neighborhood. A total of six people were killed and 13 others were injured in the attacks. No group has claimed responsibility for the bombings.
Analyst Comment: The coordinated nature of the bombings is similar to that of prior attacks perpetrated by the Islamic State (IS). The bombings occurred while large numbers of Iraqi civilians were out on the streets celebrating the country’s victory in a soccer match, and it is likely the attack was timed with the intent to cause a high number of fatalities.