Iraq Baghdad: 21 dead as twin bombs rip through market

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At least 21 people have been killed and 40 people wounded in a double bombing at a busy market in the centre of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials say.

The explosions happened near shops selling spare parts for cars in the al-Sinak market, according to police quoted by Reuters news agency.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Iraqi capital has been experiencing frequent militant attacks that mainly target crowded and public areas.

Many of them have been launched by the so-called Islamic State (IS). The group is under pressure from an Iraqi army offensive further north in Mosul, the last major IS stronghold in the country.

One of Saturday’s bombs was triggered by a suicide attacker while the other was a planted explosive, officials said.


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