Baghdad blast: IS-claimed bombing kills at least 75

By: | Updated: July 3, 2016 2:00 PM

Baghdad blast: An Islamic State group suicide bomber killed at least 75 people in a busy Baghdad shopping district in the early hours today, officials said, in the deadliest single attack in the capital this year.

Baghdad : Iraqi security forces and civilians gather at the site after a car bomb at a commercial area in Karada neighborhood, Baghdad. (AP/PTI)Baghdad : Iraqi security forces and civilians gather at the site after a car bomb at a commercial area in Karada neighborhood, Baghdad. (AP/PTI)

Baghdad blast: An Islamic State group suicide bomber killed at least 75 people in a busy Baghdad shopping district in the early hours today, officials said, in the deadliest single attack in the capital this year.  The blast, which ripped through a street in the Karrada area where many people go to shop ahead of the holiday marking the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, also wounded more than 130 people, the officials said.

The officials who provided the casualty figures spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release the information.  The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in the Karada district in a statement posted on a militant website. The statement said a suicide car bomber targeted Shiites and warned that ”the raids of the mujahedeen (holy warriors) against the Rafidha (Shiites) apostates will not stop.”
The statement could not be independently verified.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the second bombing.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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