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Iraq: Bomb blast in Baghdad market kills 11, injures 15

29th Aug 2017
Iraq: Bomb blast in Baghdad market kills 11, injures 15

By Haydar Hadi and Ameer al-Sadi

 

BAGHDAD (AA): At least 11 people were killed Monday when an explosive device went off in a public shopping area in capital Baghdad, according to local security sources.

The bomb tore through eastern Baghdad’s Jamila vegetable market, killing 11 people and injuring another 15, Baghdad Police Lieutenant Yasser Bassem al-Tai told Anadolu Agency.

Conflict-plagued Iraq’s capital remains the scene of almost daily terrorist attacks.

On Sunday, at least five civilians were killed in two separate car-bomb attacks in southern Baghdad.

No group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s market bombing, but security officials typically blame the Daesh terrorist group for such attacks.

After overrunning much of the country in mid-2014, Daesh is now the target of a wide-ranging army campaign aimed at extirpating the group’s presence in Iraq.

Notably, Monday’s bombing comes one day after Iraqi forces decisively captured the northern Tal Afar district — one of Daesh’s last strongholds in northern Iraq — following a weeklong army campaign.

[Archive Photo: Scene after multiple suicide bombing attack in Al-Jawhara Market in Al-Jadeeda neighbourhood of Baghdad on 11 January 2016 leaving seven dead. Photographer:  Ali Mohammed/AA]

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