Friday 23 June 2017

Eight killed in car bomb attack near market in Baghdad

Militants, said to be from the Islamic State, are seen during clashes against Shi'ite militia fighters at a checkpoint on the road linking Baghdad to Mosul, in Zawiya, southwest of al-Shirqat, Iraq, in this still image taken from an undated video from a social media website January 3, 2017. Social Media/via Reuters
Militants, said to be from the Islamic State, are seen during clashes against Shi'ite militia fighters at a checkpoint on the road linking Baghdad to Mosul, in Zawiya, southwest of al-Shirqat, Iraq, in this still image taken from an undated video from a social media website January 3, 2017. Social Media/via Reuters

Sinan Salaheddin

A car bombing in a mostly Shiite neighbourhood in Baghdad has killed at least eight people, Iraqi police said.

A police officer said on Thursday the explosives-laden car was parked near an outdoor fruit and vegetable market.

He said six civilians and two policemen were killed, while at least 15 other people were wounded.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures.

No one immediately claimed the attack, but it bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State group, which has carried out a string of bombings in the Iraqi capital over the past week, killing nearly 100 people.

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