Islamic State suicide bombers spread carnage across the Iraqi capital on Wednesday, killing scores in the bloodiest day in Baghdad this year, even as the group is losing ground on the battlefield.

As many as 93 people were killed in the blasts, marking an escalation in attacks on civilians, particularly in predominantly Shiite neighborhoods.

The Islamic State has lost more than a third of the territory it once held in Iraq, and security officials say they expect that the militant group will continue to attempt similarly devastating attacks in an effort to distract from its setbacks.

“This is the worst attack on Baghdad for a long time,” said Saad al-Muttalibi, a member of the Baghdad provincial council’s security committee. […]