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'Barbaric' Baghdad bombings kill 77 and injure over 140

A series of suicide bombers killed 77 and injured 140 on Tuesday Credit: Reuters

The White House has condemned Tuesday's suicide bombings in Baghdad that has left at least 77 people dead and over 140 injured.

So-called Islamic State have claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing which killed 41 and wounded more than 70 in the northern district of al-Shaab, as well as car bomb in nearby Sadr City, that left 30 dead and 57 injured.

The suicide bombings took place in al-Shaab, Sadr City and al-Rasheed Credit: Reuters

A further six were killed after a car exploded in al-Rasheed, south west of the Iraqi capital, wounding a further 21. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility.

The United States strongly condemns the barbaric terrorist attacks in Iraq today by ISIL (Islamic State) that specifically targeted innocent civilians.

We extend our deepest condolences to the victims and their families. The string of attacks by ISIL is the latest reminder of the danger that this group poses to all Iraqis and the importance of Iraqi leaders from all communities working together against a common enemy.

– White House spokesman Josh Earnest

The attacks come just days after a spate of car bombings killed over 90 people in nearby areas.

It was reported Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered the arrest of the official in charge of al-Shaab's security on Tuesday, allegedly without giving a reason.

Pictures from the scene showed badly damaged vehicles Credit: Reuters

Fears are growing that Baghdad could relapse into the bloodletting of a decade ago, when weekly sectarian-motivated suicide bombings killed scores of people and set off revenge attacks against the Sunnis.

Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr blamed the government for failing to provide adequate security, and deployed loyal militiamen to the streets in Sadr City and other Shi'ite areas.

In a statement, al-Sadr called the bombings "the clearest evidence that your government has become incapable of protecting you and providing you with security".