At least 18 people were killed and 27 injured in an attack today at the Zahrat Baghdad Mall in the Baghdad al-Jadida section of the capital city. The mall is described as a building with four or five floors in the heavily Shiite district.

Suspects detonated a car bomb outside the mall entrance, threw hand grenades at pedestrians and sprayed them with bullets, according to reports. Iraqi forces landed on the roof of the mall after the gunmen entered the shopping center.

The siege of the mall lasted over an hour with one gunmen reportedly killed. Police then announced that Iraqi security forces were in full control.

The mall attack on Monday was followed by another outside a café in Muqdadiya, a city 50 miles northeast of the capital, where 20 people were reportedly killed and 50 wounded.

The APF news agency reported that the Islamic State had taken credit for the attack on the mall, according to the BBC, but no one had taken responsibility for the attack in Muqdadiya at press time.

An improvised explosive device in the Muqdadiya attack was set off near a café filled with young people. Then a suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle near the crowd.

According to experts, complex attacks such as the mall strike have been rare in Baghdad since ISIS took control of large parts of Iraq in 2014.

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