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Car bomb kills eight at Baghdad market

August 28, 2017 at 2:27 pm

Car bomb attack in Tikrit, Iraq on 5 April 2017 [jaazee/Twitter]

A car bomb killed at least eight people in a crowded vegetable market in a Shia Muslim district of Baghdad on Monday, police and medics said, in an attack claimed by Daesh.

The car detonated in the eastern district of Jamila, police said, as Iraqi government forces were preparing to declare victory over the Sunni Muslim militants of Daesh more than 400 km (250 miles) further north in the city of Tal Afar.

Medics and police sources said eight people died and 25 were wounded.

Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan said four people were killed and 12 wounded, including two policemen.

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Daesh’s Amaq news agency said the bombing had been meant to target Shia Muslims, but reported it took place in the neighbouring Sadr City district.

It was not immediately clear if a suicide bomber had driven the vehicle to the target or if it was a parked car bomb, police sources said.