Thursday 30 March 2017

At least 54 killed as massive truck bomb rips through popular Baghdad food market

The bomb exploded in the Jameela market in Baghdad's crowded Sadr City neighbourhood
The bomb exploded in the Jameela market in Baghdad's crowded Sadr City neighbourhood

A massive truck bomb has ripped through a popular Baghdad food market in the early morning hours, killing at least 54 people.

Iraqi police officials said the truck detonated in the Jameela market in Baghdad's crowded Sadr City neighbourhood shortly after dawn. They said at least 86 people were wounded in the attack.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion, but Islamic State (IS) militants commonly target predominantly Shiite neighborhoods such as Sadr City, with the goal of sending a message to the Shiite-dominated government.

The Sunni militant group currently holds territory in about a third of Iraq.

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