44 Killed in Baghdad twin bombing

A twin bombing targeting a market in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Friday killed at least 44 people, Iraqi media reported.

Around 70 were wounded in the back-to-back bomb explosions in the market of al-Bab al-Sharqi district in central Baghdad, independent Iraqi broadcaster Sumaria News said, citing an unnamed police official.

The victims included security personnel who were in the market that sells used military outfits, according to the official.

No one has claimed responsibility.

The attack comes as Iraqi government troops, backed by a US-led coalition, are battling the militant Islamic State group, which controls swathes of Iraq.

The al-Qaeda splinter militia also rules considerable areas in neighbouring Syria.


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