At least 44 people killed in twin explosions in Baghdad
At least 44 people have been killed and more than 90 people injured in two bombing attacks in Baghdad as a wave of almost daily slaughter by the Islamic State across Iraq continues.
A suicide blast at an outdoor market in the predominantly Shiite northern district of al-Shaab killed 38 people and wounded 70, while a car bomb in the southern neighbourhood of al-Rasheed left six dead and 21 injured.
A spokesman for Baghdad Operations Command told state TV a female suicide attacker set off an explosives vest – at the same time the planted car bomb exploded.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, but the Islamic State has claimed a series of recent bombings in Iraq that have killed more than 100 people in six days. Last Thursday was the bloodiest day, when triple car bombings in northern Baghdad killed at least 94.
Iraq has been currently witnessing a wave of violence since the Islamic State group took control of parts of Iraq’s northern and western regions in June 2014.
The terror group has intensified its attacks on civilian targets in the face of losing ground to the Iraqi security forces in recent months.
According to the authorities, the Islamic State currently controls only 14 percent of Iraqi territory, down from the 40 percent it held in 2014.