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Car bombing kills at least 10 civilians in Bagdad


Baghdad: A car bomb parked near an outdoor market in a busy commercial area in Baghdad killed at least 10 civilians today, Iraqi officials said.

The pick-up truck, loaded with vegetables and fruits, was parked in the southwestern, Shiite-dominated Amil neighbourhood, a police officer said. The explosion also wounded at least 25 civilians and damaged about 20 cars, he added.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

The attack comes as Iraqi government forces and allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, backed by airstrikes from the US-led international coalition, are battling Islamic State militants to retake key cities and territory in northern and western Iraq.

In its blitz last year, the extremist group captured large swaths of land in the country’s north and west, along with nearly a third of neighboring Syria. The IS offensive plunged Iraq into its worst crisis since the 2011 US troops withdrawal.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for Monday’s bombings. Iraq sees near-daily attacks, mainly targeting the country’s Shiite majority and security forces attacks that are claimed by the Islamic State group.

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