At least 36 killed in Baghdad bombings

With no claims yet, Islamic State militant group is responsible for most of the suicide attacks in the country

Baghdad: At least 36 people were killed and 94 wounded in two suicide bomb attacks in Iraq's capital Baghdad on Saturday.
A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest at a popular restaurant in New Baghdad district, southeastern Baghdad, killing 30 people and wounding 66, a police source said.

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A suicide bomber detonates explosives inside a restaurant in Baghdad al-Jadida on Saturday. Pic/AFP

Another suicide bomber blew up an explosive vest in the crowded market of al-Arabi in downtown Baghdad, leaving six people dead and 28 wounded, the source added.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack but the Islamic State militant group, in most cases, is responsible for such suicide attacks in the country.

The attacks came on the day that the Iraqi government decided to lift the night-time curfew imposed on the Iraqi capital for years and to disarm the Baghdad districts of Kadhmiyah, Adhamiyah, Mansour, Karrada and Saidiyah.

The government’s decision to ease security measures was seen as a sign of security improvement in the Iraqi capital, after about six months of Haider al-Abadi’s appointment as prime minister.

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