Suicide bomber kills at least 26 at Baghdad cafe

BAGHDAD (AFP) - A suicide bomber detonated explosives inside a cafe in the Iraqi capital on Sunday, killing at least 26 people, security and medical officials said.

The attack in the south Baghdad area of Al-Amil also wounded at least 39 people, the officials said.

Militants have repeatedly targeted cafes in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq this year, along with other areas where crowds of people gather, including markets, mosques and football fields.

Sunday's attack came two days after a car bomb exploded near an ice-cream shop in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 16 people. With the latest attack, more than 470 people have been killed so far this month, and 5,200 since the beginning of the year, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources.