IS-claimed blast kills at least 75

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A SUI­CIDE car bomb­ing claimed by the Is­lamic State group killed at least 75 peo­ple in a Baghdad shop­ping dis­trict early yes­ter­day, the dead­li­est sin­gle at­tack in the cap­i­tal this year.

The blast, which ripped through a street in the Kar­rada area where many peo­ple go to shop ahead of the hol­i­day mark­ing the end of the Mus­lim fast­ing month of Ra­madan, also wounded more than 130 peo­ple, se­cu­rity and med­i­cal of­fi­cials said.

IS is­sued a state­ment claim­ing the sui­cide car bomb­ing, say­ing it was car­ried out by an Iraqi as part of the group’s “on­go­ing se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions”.

The ji­hadist group said the bomb­ing tar­geted mem­bers of Iraq’s Shi­ite Mus­lim ma­jor­ity, whom it con­sid­ers heretics and fre­quently at­tacks in Baghdad and else­where.

The bomb­ing came a week af­ter Iraqi forces com­pletely re­cap­tured Fal­lu­jah, a city 50 kilo­me­tres (30 miles) west of Baghdad that was a key IS strong­hold.

Violence in the cap­i­tal has de­creased since the IS over­ran large ar­eas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but the ji­hadists have pre­vi­ously stepped up at­tacks fol­low­ing mil­i­tary losses.

With Fal­lu­jah re­taken by Baghdad, se­cond city Mo­sul is the only ma­jor Iraqi pop­u­la­tion cen­tre held by the IS. –

Photo: AFP

Aid work­ers re­move a body from the site of the sui­cide car bomb­ing claimed by the Is­lamic State group in Baghdad yes­ter­day.

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