Monday 19 February 2018

Death toll rises in Baghdad market bombing

The scene of a car bomb blast in a Baghdad market (AP/Ali Abdul Hassan)
The scene of a car bomb blast in a Baghdad market (AP/Ali Abdul Hassan)

A car bomb has ripped through a busy market area in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 10 people, Iraqi officials said.

The explosives-laden car went off at the Jamila market in Baghdad's Shiite district of Sadr City, a police officer said.

The explosion also wounded 28 other people. The death toll was expected to rise further.

A plume of thick black smoke billowed from the area. At the site, twisted metal and shards of glass littered the pavement.

"It was a thunderous explosion," said Hussein Kadhim, a 35-year old porter and father of three who was wounded in his right leg. "It sounds that the security situation is still uncontrollable and I'm afraid that such bombings will make a comeback."

At least one soldier was seen being evacuated from the scene, which was sealed off by security forces.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility in an online statement on its media arms, the Aamaq news agency.

The bombing came as US-backed Iraqi forces are in final stages of recapturing the northern town of Tal Afar from IS.


Press Association

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