Car Bomb in Baghdad’s Sadr City Kills 50: Police, Medics

People gather at the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's mainly Shiite district of Sadr City, Iraq, May 11, 2016. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

BAGHDAD, May 11 – A car bomb claimed by Daesh in a Shiite Muslim district of Baghdad killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 60 others on Wednesday, Iraqi police and hospital sources said.

The SUV packed with explosives went off near a beauty salon in a bustling market at rush hour in Sadr City. Most of the victims were women and many of the wounded are in critical condition, the sources said.

Amaq news agency, which supports Daesh, said a suicide bomber had targeted Shiite militia fighters.

The ultra-hardline Sunni jihadist group, which considers Shiites apostates, claimed a twin suicide bombing in Sadr City in February that killed 70 people.

Security has gradually improved in Baghdad, which was the target of daily bombings a decade ago, but violence directed against both the security forces and civilians is still frequent and large blasts sometimes set off reprisal attacks.

The fight against Daesh has exacerbated a long-running sectarian conflict in Iraq, mostly between the Shiite majority and the Sunni minority.

Sectarian violence also threatens to undermine U.S.-backed efforts to dislodge the militant group from vast areas of the north and west of Iraq that they seized in 2014.

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