Saturday, December 31, 2016

Twin Blasts Kill at Least 18 in a Baghdad Market; IS Suspected of Baghdad's Worst Attack Since Oct.

Two bombs exploded in a busy market area in central Baghdad today (December 31, 2016), killing at least 18 people and wounding dozens, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports.

The blasts ripped through shops in the Al-Sinek area, wounding 38 or more people.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the deadliest attack to hit the capital since mid-October, but the Islamic State (IS) group has claimed nearly all such bombings.

Baghdad has been on high alert since the start of an offensive on October 17 in Iraq's largest military operation in years -- an attempt to retake the northern IS stronghold of Mosul,  Iraq's second largest city.

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