51 die in Baghdad car bomb attack

Security sources said the vehicle which blew up was parked in a crowded street. Pics/AFP
Security sources said the vehicle which blew up was parked in a crowded street. Pics/AFP

Baghdad: A car packed with explosives blew up on Thursday in southern Baghdad, killing at least 51 people and wounding 55, security and medical sources said.

Islamic State, which is on the defensive after losing control of eastern Mosul to a US-backed Iraqi military offensive, claimed responsibility for the bombing in an online statement. Security sources said the vehicle which blew up on Thursday was parked in a crowded street full of garages and used car dealers, in Hayy al-Shurta, a Shi’ite district in the southwest of the city.

The death toll could climb further as many of the wounded are in critical condition, a doctor said. The bombing is the second to hit car markets this week.

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