The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for multiple bombings across the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Monday. The first attack of the day occurred at a crowded fruit and vegetable market in a predominantly Shia Muslim neighborhood of Sadr City. The suicide car bomb, which ISIS said targeted "a gathering of Shia," killed at least 36 and injured more than 52. Another three bombings followed, killing at least seven people and wounding 30, The Associated Press reported.
The attacks occurred shortly after French President Francois Hollande arrived in Baghdad to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi. At a joint press conference Monday, both leaders vowed to defeat ISIS amid Iraqi security forces' continued push to retake Mosul, the terrorist group's last major stronghold in Iraq. "The terrorists will attempt to attack civilians in order to make up for their losses, but we assure the Iraqi people and the world that we are able to end terrorism and shorten its life," Abadi told reporters after his meeting with Hollande.
Monday's bombings came just days after another ISIS-claimed attack killed 28 and injured 54 at a Baghdad market on Saturday.