Iraq: Car bombing at Baghdad market kills dozens

    Iraq: Car bombing at Baghdad market kills dozens

    May 11, Baghdad: At least 64 people have been killed in a car bomb attack at a crowded Baghdad market. It is one of the worst recent attacks in the Iraqi capital, officials said.

    At least 87 others were wounded in the blast, in the Shia Muslim district of Sadr City during the morning rush hour.

    So-called Islamic State (IS) said it had carried out the attack. In an online statement, IS said it targeted Shia militiamen. The Sunni Muslim group, which controls swathes of northern and western Iraq, has frequently targeted Shia, whom it considers heretics.

    Many of the victims included women and children, Iraqi police and medical sources said. Several of the injured were said to be in critical condition.

    The blast damaged nearby buildings and other vehicles.

    An eyewitness told the Associated Press news agency that the car bomb was a pickup truck loaded with fruit and vegetables.

    Its driver parked the vehicle and quickly disappeared among the crowd, he said.

    IS has frequently targeted commercial areas and government and security personnel, causing heavy casualties.

    Iraqi forces, backed by US-led coalition air strikes and Shia-dominated paramilitary forces, have regained some territory seized by IS in 2014, but have been unable to prevent bomb attacks in the capital, reports said.

    The Oslo Times


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