ISIS is going after the Shiites again, this time in a suicide attack at an entrance to a Shiite area in Baghdad. The New York Times reports:
A suicide bomber attacked a security check point in northern Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 14 people, Iraqi officials said.
The bomber, who was on foot, detonated his device at one of the busy entrances of the Shiite district of Kadhimiyah, killing at least 10 civilians and four policemen, a police officer said. At least 31 other people were wounded, he added.
Three more civilians were killed and 11 wounded in a bomb explosion in an outdoor market in Baghdad’s western suburb of Abu Ghraib, another police officer said.
Two medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.
In an online statement, IS group claimed responsibility for the Kadhimiyah attack, saying it targeted a gathering of security forces and Shiite militia members.
This report got only a small space in the Times, and would of course have been headlines had it been in Europe or the U.S., but I impute the differential coverage to cultural dissimilarity, which is negatively correlated with empathy. At any rate, there are 17 more families and social networks left bereft, and again this is internecine fighting—among Muslims. This is all on top of the 80 people killed yesterday in an ISIS-motivated suicide attack on the Shiite Hazari sect.
I wonder, since most Islamist violence is targeted at Muslims, whether this will eventually breed a general Muslim opprobrium that will tame the violence.