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Australian girl on holiday to see sick grandfather killed

PTI
Published Jun 1, 2017, 1:29 am IST
Updated Jun 1, 2017, 1:29 am IST
More than 27 others were killed, Australian official Frances Adamson said.
Zynab Al-Harbiya, 12, from Melbourne, went with her family to Baghdad to visit her sick grandfather when she was killed early on Tuesday local time. (Representational image)
 Zynab Al-Harbiya, 12, from Melbourne, went with her family to Baghdad to visit her sick grandfather when she was killed early on Tuesday local time. (Representational image)

The death of an Australian girl in a Baghdad bombing underscored why Australia was fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East, the Australian foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Zynab Al-Harbiya, 12, from Melbourne, went with her family to Baghdad to visit her sick grandfather when she was killed early on Tuesday local time when a car bomb exploded outside a popular ice cream shop, foreign minister Julie Bishop said.

 

More than 27 others were killed, Australian official Frances Adamson said. Dozens more were injured, including Al- Harbiya's mother and an uncle, according to lawmaker Bill Shorten.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, which Iraqi officials said involved apparently remotely detonated explosives inside a parked car.

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