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Central Baghdad blasts kill at least 28: police

AFP
Published Dec 31, 2016, 12:47 pm IST
Updated Dec 31, 2016, 1:30 pm IST
The casualty was high since the bombing was targeted at a crowded market place.
Rescue workers look for survivors after the blast. (Photo: AP)
 Rescue workers look for survivors after the blast. (Photo: AP)

Baghdad: Two bombs exploded in a busy market area in central Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 28 people and wounding at least 54, Iraqi police said.

The blasts ripped through shops in the Al-Sinek area, a police colonel said, adding that at least 38 people were wounded.

 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for what was the deadliest attack to hit the capital since mid-October but the Islamic State jihadist group has claimed nearly all such bombings.

Baghdad has been on high alert since the start on October 17 of an offensive, Iraq's largest military operation in years, to retake the northern jihadist stronghold of Mosul.

The area that was targeted on Saturday is packed with wholesale markets and usually teeming with daily labourers unloading vans and wheeling carts around.

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Location: Iraq, Baghdad, Baghdad




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