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At least 13 dead as ISIS brutes car bomb an ICE CREAM parlour packed with woman and children enjoying a late-night treat during Ramadan celebrations in Baghdad

  • ISIS detonated the car bomb remotely in a packed district of central Baghdad
  • Attack which killed 13 and wounded 24 came days into holy month of Ramadan
  • Hundreds of Iraqis had taken to the streets of the Iraqi capital to break their fast
  • Horrifying footage showed bloodied victims on the ground, barely able to move
  • Others propped themselves up on colorful park benches outside ice cream shop

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At least 13 were killed and another 24 wounded when ISIS set off a car bomb outside a popular ice cream parlour in central Baghdad.

Horrifying footage showed the explosion tearing through the packed district in the Iraqi capital at around midnight.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the callous attack, just a few days into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when families rush to restaurants and cafes at sundown.

At least 13 were killed and another 24 wounded when ISIS set off a car bomb outside a popular ice cream parlour in central Baghdad

At least 13 were killed and another 24 wounded when ISIS set off a car bomb outside a popular ice cream parlour in central Baghdad

Horrifying footage and photos showed the explosion tearing through the packed district in the Iraqi capital at around midnight

Horrifying footage and photos showed the explosion tearing through the packed district in the Iraqi capital at around midnight

The bomb was placed inside a parked car and remotely detonated, according to Iraqi officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Footage posted on social media showed chaotic scenes on the streets surrounding the blast.

A number of bloodied wounded lay on the ground, others propped themselves up on the colorful park benches outside the ice cream shop.

One traumatised young girl, wearing a ribbon and bow in her hair, wandered the streets dazed.

Ramadan is often marked by an uptick in violence in Iraq.

Last year, Baghdad was rocked by a huge truck bomb that targeted a popular retail district in the city center.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the callous attack, just a few days into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when families rush to restaurants and cafes at sundown

ISIS claimed responsibility for the callous attack, just a few days into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when families rush to restaurants and cafes at sundown

The bomb was placed inside a parked car and remotely detonated, according to Iraqi officials

The bomb was placed inside a parked car and remotely detonated, according to Iraqi officials

A number of bloodied wounded lay on the ground, others propped themselves up on the colorful park benches outside the ice cream shop

A number of bloodied wounded lay on the ground, others propped themselves up on the colorful park benches outside the ice cream shop

Young people and families were shopping for new clothes ahead of the holiday marking the end of Ramadan when it went off.

The blast killed hundreds in the single deadliest event in Baghdad since Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003.

ISIS also claimed responsibility for that bombing, which ultimately led to the resignation of Iraq’s interior minister.

Tuesday’s attack comes as Iraqi troops slowly push ISIS fighters out of their last strongholds in the northern city of Mosul.

Iraqi commanders say the offensive, which recently entered its eight month, will mark the end of the ISIS caliphate in Iraq, but concede the group will likely increase insurgent attacks in the wake of military defeats.

Ramadan is often marked by an uptick in violence in Iraq and last year, Baghdad was rocked by a huge truck bomb that targeted a popular retail district in the city center. Pictured: The remnants of the car bomb in the most recent attack

Ramadan is often marked by an uptick in violence in Iraq and last year, Baghdad was rocked by a huge truck bomb that targeted a popular retail district in the city center.

Pictured: The remnants of the car bomb in the most recent attack

Tuesday's attack comes as Iraqi troops slowly push ISIS fighters out of their last strongholds in the northern city of Mosul

Tuesday’s attack comes as Iraqi troops slowly push ISIS fighters out of their last strongholds in the northern city of Mosul

Iraqi forces pressed forward with the offensive against jihadist-held areas of Mosul as the United Nations warned of grave danger to civilians in the final stages of the battle.

Iraqi forces have retaken the city’s east and large parts of its western side, but the jihadists are putting up tough resistance in areas they still hold.

ISIS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes have since regained much of the territory they lost.

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