Deadly wave of attacks hits Iraq capital killing dozens

Deadly wave of attacks hits Iraq capital killing dozens
A spate of attacks hit the Iraqi capital Tuesday, including a car bomb in Sadr district, two bombs in Shaab neighbourhood and a separate car bomb in the Rashid district.
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17 May, 2016

Baghdad attacks kill dozens

A series of bombings hit the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing at least 48 people and injuring 85 others.

A car rigged with explosives detonated in Sadr district killing at least 10 people and injuring 15 others.

"The blast happened near a fruits and vegetables stall in northern Baghdad," a security source told The New Arab, "Ambulances rushed to the site as security forces were heavily deployed across the area."

Minutes earlier, a twin attack hit an outdoor market in the predominantly Shia northern district of Shaab, killing at least 32 people and injuring 45 others.

Initial reports showed a blast came from explosives planted near the market followed by a rare suicide bombing by a woman.

"An explosive device planted in an outdoor market in Shaab neighbourhood exploded," a security source told The New Arab.

"The blast was followed by another explosion after a woman in the market threw hand grenades and then detonated her suicide belt," the source added.

But Islamic State [IS] group, in a statement claiming the attack, said it was carried out by a man.

Also on Tuesday, a car bomb exploded in the Rashid area southern Baghdad, killing at least six people and injuring 30 others, local sources told The New Arab.

IS did not claim responsibility for the car bombings on Baghdad, but the militant group carried out similar attacks in Baghdad, killing over 100 people in seven days. 

The death toll from Tuesday's attacks is expected to rise.