Sui­cide bomb­ings kill 125 in Bagh­dad

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At least 125 people have been killed and about 150 in­jured in an ex­plo­sion claimed by the so-called Is­lamic State group in Bagh­dad, Iraqi po­lice say.

A car bomb ex­ploded on a busy street in the cen­tral dis­trict of Kar­rada late on Saturday. The mainly Shia area was busy with shop­pers late at night be­cause it is the holy month of Ra­madan.

Iraq’s Prime Min­is­ter Haider alAbadi was met by an­gry crowds while vis­it­ing the scene of the blast on Sun­day.

A sec­ond bomb also ex­ploded at about mid­night in a pre­dom­i­nantly Shia area north of the cap­i­tal, killing an­other five people.

The bomb­ing in Kar­rada is the dead­li­est in Iraq this year and comes a week af­ter Iraqi se­cu­rity forces re­cap­tured the city of Fal­luja from Is­lamic State (IS) mil­i­tants. Au­thor­i­ties said Fal­luja was used as a launch pad for at­tacks on Bagh­dad.

The US said on Sun­day that the lat­est at­tack strength­ened its re­solve to sup­port Iraqi forces in their fight against IS.

The bomb ripped through a busy street in the Kar­rada dis­trict of Bagh­dad, as people were shop­ping ahead of the hol­i­day mark­ing the end of Ra­madan yes­ter­day.

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