Suicide bombings in Iraq kill 27 and injure dozens

The bombing in Baghdad was in a predominantly Shiite area. Credit: APTN

At least 27 people have been killed and 35 injured in two suicide car bombings in Iraq.

The so-called Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the attacks and officials fear the death toll could rise.

The first attack targeted a commercial area in Baghdad leaving 15 dead, while 12 more died at an army checkpoint in the town of Taji, 12 miles north of the capital.

Police said the bombing in Baghdad came after a car was parked in a crowded area, whist in Taji, a bomber drove his explosive-laden car into an army checkpoint.

The attacks come a day after Iraqi special forces moved into the IS-held city of Fallujah as part of a large-scale military operation launched last month.