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At least 24 killed in Baghdad market place car bombing

The scene of the car bombing. Credit: APTN

At least 24 people have been killed and 67 wounded in Baghdad after a suicide car bombing in a busy market place.

The attack comes just hours after French President Francois Hollande arrived in the country.

A police officer said the suicide bomber attacked drove a pickup truck and attacked a fruit and vegetable market.

So-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, just two days after 29 people were killed in three bombings across the city, while on Sunday a suicide bombing killed seven police officers at a military checkpoint south of the Iraqi capital.

The Amaq news agency, which supports so-called Islamic State, reported that the attack had targeted Shi'ites who the terrorist organisation believes are apostates.

During a press conference with President Hollande, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the bomber pretended to be a man seeking to hire day laborers; once the laborers gathered around, he detonated the vehicle.

Mr Al-Abadi warned that the "terrorists will further try to hit civilians to make up for the losses," they have suffered on the battlefield.

"We are determined to annihilate terrorism and we are able to shorten its age," he said, calling on security forces and civilians to remain vigilant.

Two blasts kill 21 and injure more than 40 in Baghdad

At least 21 people were killed in the blasts. Credit: AP

Two bombs exploded at a busy market in Baghdad Saturday, killing at least 21 people and wounding more than 40 others, authorities said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but so-called Islamic State regularly targets civilians in the Iraqi capital.

Police said the blasts happened near car spare parts shops - one was a suicide bomber, and the other a planted explosive.

IS has lost much of the northern and western territory in Iraq that it seized in 2014, and is now fighting an Iraqi offensive in Mosul, their last major stronghold in the country.


At least 100 killed in truck bomb attack in Iraq

More than 100 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at a petrol station in Iraq, local officials have said.

The attack happened in al-Hilla city, around 60 miles south of Baghdad, at the filling station next door to a restaurant popular with Iranian pilgrims returning from the Arbaeen pilgrimage in the Shi'ite holy city of Kerbala.

The so-called Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for the truck bomb attack.

IS executes 60 in Mosul for 'treason and collaboration'

A stock picture of a so-called Islamic State fighter. Credit: PA

In the past week so-called Islamic State has executed more than 60 civilians in Mosul for "treason and collaboration".

The UN Human Rights Office said that on Tuesday the militants killed 40 people and hung their bodies from electrical poles, while earlier this week another 20 civilians had been shot for leaking information and one man was killed for using a mobile phone.

The UN Human Rights Office added that so-called Islamic State had also deployed "sons of the caliphate" - thought to be teenagers and young boys - wearing explosive belts in the alleys of the old town of Mosul.

They added that abducted women had been "distributed" to fighters and told others they would be used to accompany convoys.

The spokesperson continued that reports of revenge killings on so-called Islamic State fighters in the Iraqi city carried out by civilians and forces under the control of the Iraqi Army, were also emerging.

They added that the militants were also reported to be stockpiling large amounts of ammonia and sulphur and placing them in civilian locations within the city, potentially to be used as chemical weapons.

On November 6, so-called Islamic State announced they had beheaded six of their own fighters for deserting the battlefield at nearby Kokjali.

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