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Wednesday 19 December 2018

Spate of Baghdad bombings kill 22

The scene of the deadly car bomb in the Habibiya neighbourhood of Sadr City, Baghdad (AP)
The scene of the deadly car bomb in the Habibiya neighbourhood of Sadr City, Baghdad (AP)

A car bomb at a popular car dealership has killed 13 people and injured 52 in eastern Baghdad's volatile Sadr City neighbourhood, two days after a market bombing killed dozens.

The Habibiya car dealership, widely-known for buying and selling used vehicles, has been targeted several times in the past.

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the bombing in a communique distributed via affiliated Twitter accounts, saying the vehicle targeted a large gathering of the Iraqi army, national police and government-backed Popular Mobilisation Forces.

A massive explosion in a Sadr City market on Thursday killed at least 67 people and wounded more than 100. The bombing, claimed by IS, was one of the worst single-day attacks in Baghdad in a decade.

Elsewhere in and around the Iraqi capital, a series of bombings killed at least nine people and wounded 33.

The largest took place in the town of Madain, just south of Baghdad, when a bomb tore through a popular market killing three people and wounding 10.

In the town of Taji, north of Baghdad, a bomb hit a row of car repair shops, killing two people and injuring eight.

In Baghdad's al-Askan district, an improvised explosive device detonated on a busy commercial street, killing at least two people and wounding eight. And in Baghdad's south-eastern suburb of Jisr Diyala, police said two were killed and seven wounded when a bomb exploded on a commercial street.

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