Iraq attack: Baghdad suicide car bomb blast kills 35


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    No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack in Sadr City

    At least 35 people have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack in a busy square in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, security and medical sources say.

    Sixty-one other people were injured by the blast in the predominantly Shia Muslim eastern district of Sadr City.

    It is not known who was responsible, but so-called Islamic State has carried out similar attacks in the past.

    The jihadist group said it was behind two suicide bombings at a market in the city on Saturday that killed 28 people.

    Its self-styled news agency, Amaq, said the target of those attacks were Shia, whom it regards as apostates.

    A later attack near the Shia holy city of Najaf left seven policemen dead.

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    A number of the victims of Monday’s attack are believed to have been daily labourers waiting for work at the 55th intersection in Sadr City.

    Three policemen were also among those killed.

    Photos posted on social media showed several burned-out vehicles.

    The attack happened as French President Francois Hollande visited the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service’s academy near Baghdad.

    He told French soldiers based there that fighting IS in Iraq was helping prevent terrorist attacks at home.

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