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At least 23 people killed in separate car bomb attacks in Baghdad

Published 17/05/2016 | 11:29

Civilians help a municipality bulldozer cleans up while citizens inspect the scene after a car bomb explosion at a crowded outdoor market in the Iraqi capital's eastern district of Sadr City, Iraq, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Photo: Khalid Mohammed/AP
Civilians help a municipality bulldozer cleans up while citizens inspect the scene after a car bomb explosion at a crowded outdoor market in the Iraqi capital's eastern district of Sadr City, Iraq, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Photo: Khalid Mohammed/AP

At least 23 people are dead after two separate car bomb attacks hit Baghdad, with over 50 people wounded.

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A suicide bombing in a marketplace in the northern district of al-Shaab killed 17 people and wounded 28, while a car bomb in the southern neighbourhood of al-Rasheed left six dead and another 21 wounded, the sources said.

A spokesman for Baghdad Operations Command told state television the attacker in al-Shaab had set off an explosives-filled vest in coordination with a planted bomb.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, but Islamic State has claimed bombings in and around the capital last week that killed 100 people and sparked popular anger against the government for failing to ensure security.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said a political crisis sparked by his attempt to reshuffle the cabinet in an anti-corruption bid was hampering the fight against Islamic State and creating space for more insurgent attacks on the civilian population.

Security has improved somewhat in the capital in recent years, even as Islamic State fighters seized swathes of the country almost to the outskirts of Baghdad's ramparts.

But the prospect that the capital could return to the days when suicide bombings killed scores of people every week adds to pressure on Abadi to resolve the political crisis.

Press Association

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