Bomb­ing blood­ies Bagh­dad mar­ket

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

BAGH­DAD — A sui­cide car bomb­ing in Bagh­dad killed at least 23 peo­ple Mon­day and wounded 45 oth­ers, ac­cord­ing to Iraqi of­fi­cials.

The at­tack tar­geted a com­mer­cial area and mar­ket in Bagh­dad’s south­west­ern Amil neigh­bor­hood, po­lice and hospi­tal of­fi­cials said. They spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rized to re­lease in­for­ma­tion.

No one claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.

Iraqi forces have been bat­tling the ex­trem­ists in Mo­sul, the coun­try’s sec­ond-largest city, since Oc­to­ber. Iraq de­clared east­ern Mo­sul “fully lib­er­ated” in Jan­uary and is now fight­ing for the more densely pop­u­lated west­ern half.

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