Dozens Killed Or Injured In Overnight Baghdad Bombings

People gather at the site of a suicide car bomb in the Karrada shopping area, in Baghdad, Iraq July 3, 2016. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

BAGHDAD, July 3 – Several dozen people were killed or injured in two bombings that hit a shopping area and a popular market in Baghdad in the early hours of Sunday as they celebrated Ramadan, local TV channel al-Sumaria said.

Daesh claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb in the Karrada shopping area, in a statement circulated online by supporters of the ultra-hard line Sunni group.

The car bomb blew up near a restaurant in Karrada, killing or wounding at least 20 people, the independent al-Sumaria channel said, citing police sources. Iraqis like to eat out late during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which ends next week.

A video posted on social media showed a large blaze in main street of Karrada from the blast.

The second bombing hit al-Shaab, a popular Shi’ite district in the north of the Iraqi capital, leaving a number of casualties, the station said.

Iraqi forces last month dislodged Daesh militants from Falluja, their stronghold just west of the capital that served as a launch pad for such attacks.

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