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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.

Baghdad bomb attack death toll reaches 175

A girl walks past the site of the suicide car bomb. Credit: Reuters

The death toll from the Baghdad bomb attack has reached 175 as more bodies have been recovered from the site.

A so-called Islamic State suicide bomber struck the busy commercial area of Karrada on Saturday night, as people came out to shot and eat after breaking their daily fast during Ramadan.

Iraqi police said people were still missing and the death toll could rise further.


At least 12 killed in double Baghdad car bomb attack

Officials have said the death toll may rise as there are also multiple injuries Credit: .

At least 12 people have been killed, and 39 others injured, after two separate car bombs went off in Baghdad today.

According to police sources security forces were the intended targets of the two bombs - one of which went off at a security checkpoint in the northern al-Husseiniya district and the other of which hit an army convoy in Arab al-Jabour.

Officials told Reuters no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts has been made.

At least 26 killed in suicide attack outside Baghdad

Iskandariya is arounf 25 miles south of the capital Credit: Bing Maps

At least 26 people have reportedly been killed, and 71 others injured, in a suicide attack at a park outside Baghdad.

According to Reuters the security head in Babel province where the bomb, claimed by so-called Islamic State, went off confirmed an attacker detonated an explosive belt in Iskandariya at around 7.15pm local time on Friday.

The blast, 25 miles south of the capital, went off at the end of an amateur soccer game.

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