More than 90 killed in three Iraq car bomb attacks

More than 90 people have been killed and many more have been injured in three separate car bomb explosions in Iraq.

The first targeted a crowded market during rush hour in a predominately Shi'ite Muslim area of eastern Baghdad, killing more than 60. The so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The second exploded at the entrance to Baghdad's Kadhimiya district, killing at least 15.

A third in western Baghdad has killed at least seven.

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IS claim responsibility for car bomb attacks that kill over 90 in Baghdad

The so-called Islamic State have claimed responsibility for all three car bomb attacks that have killed over 90 people in Baghdad.

The coordinated attacks in both Sunni and Shi'ite Muslim areas marked the bloodiest day in the Iraqi city this year and authorities are fearing the death toll will rise.

A crowded market in Sadr City during the morning rush hour was struck first, followed by a car bomb that hit the entrance to the Kadhimiya District, whilst a third targeted a commercial thoroughfare in the western part of the city.

It is being reported that among the victims were a group of women visiting a beauty parlour, preparing for a wedding.

ITV News correspondent Dan Rivers reports:

US: Baghdad bombings 'desperate acts'

The commander of the combined joint forces in Iraq has called the recent bombings in Baghdad "desperate acts".

Speaking during a Pentagon briefing from Arlington, Virginia, US Major General Gary Volesky said: "As the enemy loses more and more terrain they resort to some of these desperate acts."

Major General Volesky also sent his condolences to the families who were affected by the bombings, but also denied suggestions the US would now leave Iraq:

This isn't the first time something like this has happened in Baghdad - in February there was an attack just as we were getting here.

The Iraqi security forces have not asked us for any assistance and frankly, they've got that well on hand.

Force protection is our first priority, and so we are fine here.

– US Major General Gary Volesky


Third car bomb in Iraq kills 'at least seven'

The third car bomb took place in the western part of the city of Baghdad Credit: Google

A third car bomb has killed 'at least seven' people in Baghdad, according to police sources.

The most recent explosion took place in a commercial thoroughfare in the western district of the city, which is predominantly Sunni, and wounded a further 20 people.

Hours earlier, a car bomb targeted a crowded market in Sadr City during the morning rush hour, which was followed by an attack in the mostly Shi-ite Muslim district of Kadhimiya.

The so-called Islamic State have claimed it was behind the Sadr City attack.

Second car bomb in Baghdad kills 15

The attack took place in the northern Kadhimiya district of Baghdad Credit: Google

A second car bomb in Baghdad has killed 15 and injured 33, according to police.

The attack was at the entrance to the city's Kadhimiya District and comes just hours after 60 people were killed in the Iraqi city of Sadr City.

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