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Baghdad car bomb claimed by Islamic State kills 55

By Associated Press

Baghdad car bomb claimed by Islamic State kills 55
Civilians gather at the site of a car bomb in a used car dealer's parking lot in the southwestern al-Bayaa neighborhood, Baghdad, Iraq, Feb 16, 2017. (AP / Ali Abdul Hassan) 

BAGHDAD — A car bomb at a Baghdad auto dealership killed at least 55 people and wounded more than 60 on Thursday, Iraqi officials said.

The Islamic State group claimed the bombing and said it was targeting Shi'ites

Interior Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan confirmed the toll from the attack, which took place in the mainly Shi'ite al-Bayaa neighborhood.

The Islamic State group claimed the bombing in an online statement circulated by its Aamaq news agency. The Sunni extremist group said it was targeting Shi'ites.

The extremist group has carried out near-daily attacks in Baghdad despite suffering military setbacks elsewhere in the country, including in the northern city of Mosul, where US-backed Iraqi forces have been waging a major operation since October.

The US State Department condemned the attack at the car dealership, saying such attacks show the extremist group's "utter contempt for human life and its efforts to sow discord and division among the Iraqi people."

Another four attacks in and around Baghdad on Thursday killed eight people and wounded around 30, police and medical officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

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Baghdad car bomb claimed by Islamic State kills 55
Civilians gather at the site of a car bomb in a used car dealer's parking lot in the southwestern al-Bayaa neighborhood, Baghdad, Iraq, Feb 16, 2017. (AP / Ali Abdul Hassan)

 

 
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