78 killed as ‘Islamic State’ targets busy shopping district

78 killed as ‘Islamic State’ targets busy shopping district

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Seventy eight people have been killed and 160 wounded in a car bombing carried out by the so-called ‘Islamic State’ group in the centre of Baghdad, Iraqi officials say.

In an online statement, ‘IS’ claimed responsibility for the morning attack, which struck a busy shopping district in the capital.

The statement could not be independently verified.

The bombing hit as families and young people were out on the streets of the Karada district after breaking their Ramadan fast.

A second bomb attack in eastern Baghdad killed five people and wounded 16.

The casualty figures were confirmed by police and hospital officials.

The attacks come after Iraqi forces retook the city of Fallujah from ‘IS’.

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