Baghdad suicide car bomb blast kills 32

Police say 61 people were also wounded in the incident


Afp January 02, 2017
Iraqi forces detain a man suspected of belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group in the Al-Intisar area in eastern Mosul after recapturing it in an ongoing military operation against the militants, on January 1, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

BAGHDAD: A suicide car bomb attack in a densely-populated neighbourhood of Baghdad on Monday killed at least 32 people and left dozens wounded, police and hospital officials said.

Many of the victims were daily labourers waiting for jobs at an intersection in Sadr City, a sprawling majority Shia neighbourhood in the northeast of the capital that has been repeatedly targeted.

Pictures posted on social media shortly after the explosion showed a huge plume of black smoke billowing into the sky and seriously injured people being evacuated.

Central Baghdad blasts kill at least 25: police

According to a police colonel, at least 32 people were killed and 61 wounded in the blast, the second major attack in Baghdad in three days.

At least 27 people were killed by twin explosions in a busy market area in central Baghdad on Saturday, in what was the deadliest such attack in the Iraqi capital in two months.

There was no immediate claim for Monday's suicide blast but the Islamic State militant group has claimed all such attacks recently, including the double bombing on New Year's Eve.

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The caliphate IS proclaimed in 2014 is shrinking steadily and militant fighters are defending Mosul, their last major urban stronghold in Iraq.

Observers have voiced fears that the group, once it definitively loses its status as a land-holding force, could increasingly revert to targeting civilians in Iraq's cities.

 

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Bunny Rabbit | 4 years ago | Reply Pssst dont speak loudly else Uncle Sam will come back in the name of peace keeping or whatever .... Once US comes to a place , they never leave ... learn from Afghanistan and other places ...
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