BAGHDAD – At least 82 people were killed and 160 left injured as two bombs targeting a shopping area and a popular market in Iraq’s city of Baghdad exploded on Sunday morning.
According to media reports, one of the blasts was a suicide car bomb, which went off in the Karrada shopping area. A huge fire followed the blast, killing at least twenty people.
The second blast took place in the al-Shaab district of Baghdad, where the number of casualties was said to be over fifty. Several others were also critically injured in the blast.
The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for the car bomb blast in the Karrada shopping area; however, no group has claimed responsibility for the second attack.
This the first deadly terrorist attack in Iraq since Iraqi forces regained the city of Falluja from fighters of the Islamic State group after four weeks of intense battle.