Bagh­dad car lot blast fa­tal to 55

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

BAGH­DAD — A car bomb at a Bagh­dad auto deal­er­ship Thurs­day killed at least 55 peo­ple and wounded more than 60, Iraqi of­fi­cials said.

In­te­rior Min­istry spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan con­firmed the toll from the at­tack, which took place in the mainly Shi­ite al-Bayaa neigh­bor­hood.

The Is­lamic State group claimed the bomb­ing in an on­line state­ment cir­cu­lated by its Aa­maq news agency. The Sunni ex­trem­ist group said it was tar­get­ing Shi­ites.

The ex­trem­ist group has car­ried out near-daily at­tacks in Bagh­dad de­spite suf­fer­ing mil­i­tary set­backs else­where in the coun­try, in­clud­ing in the north­ern city of Mo­sul, where U.S.backed Iraqi forces have been wag­ing an op­er­a­tion since Oc­to­ber.

The U.S. State Depart­ment con­demned the at­tack at the car deal­er­ship, say­ing such at­tacks show the ex­trem­ist group’s “ut­ter con­tempt for hu­man life and its ef­forts to sow dis­cord and di­vi­sion among the Iraqi peo­ple.”

An­other four at­tacks in and around Bagh­dad on Thurs­day killed eight peo­ple and wounded about 30, po­lice and med­i­cal of­fi­cials said.

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