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At least 30 killed Baghdad market blast

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BAGHDAD: At least 30 people have been killed killed and 0ver 60 people wounded in a bomb explosion in a marketplace in eastern Baghdad on Monday,  sources said.

Local authorities said that a bomb detonated at a crowded popular market in Sadr City, a suburb district of the capital Baghdad, before the sunset, destroying several nearby shops and stalls and damaging surrounding buildings, the ministry source said on condition of anonymity.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi ordered the authorities to initiate an investigation, and bring the perpetrators to account.

Deadly bombings have been rare in Baghdad, as the security situation has improved in Iraq since the Iraqi security forces fully defeated IS militants across the country late in 2017.

However, IS remnants have since melted into urban areas or deserts and rugged areas, carrying out frequent guerilla attacks against security forces and civilians.

 

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