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At least 75 dead in IS attacks on Baghdad

BBC News BBC News 3/07/2016

Iraqi firefighters and civilians gather at the site of a car bomb at a commercial area in the Karada neighborhood of Baghdad (o3 July 2016) © AP Iraqi firefighters and civilians gather at the site of a car bomb at a commercial area in the Karada neighborhood of Baghdad (o3 July 2016) At least 75 people have been killed and some 100 injured in two bombings carried out by so-called Islamic State in Baghdad, officials say.

In the first attack late on Saturday, a suicide car bomb exploded near a restaurant and shopping area in the central district of Karrada. 

The street was busy with shoppers after sundown in the holy month of Ramadan.

A second bomb exploded later in a predominantly Shia area north of the capital.

The bombings come a week after Iraqi security forces recaptured the city of Falluja from Islamic State militants.

Authorities say the city was used as a launching pad for attacks on Baghdad by IS.

The jihadist group on Saturday claimed responsibility for the suicide car bomb in Karrada, which caused a huge street fire on the main street, in a statement distributed online by supporters of the hardline Sunni group.

The car bomb went off as people were eating out late during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which ends next week.

IS still controls large swathes of territory in the country's north and west, including Mosul, Iraq's second largest city.

But the group has been under pressure in Iraq and in neighbouring Syria, where it has been targeted by government forces and US-backed rebels.

Deadly IS attacks

An Iraqi woman grieves at the scene of a deadly suicide car bomb attack in Baghdad on 9 June © AP An Iraqi woman grieves at the scene of a deadly suicide car bomb attack in Baghdad on 9 June

9 June 2016: At least 30 people killed in and around Baghdad in two suicide attacks claimed by IS

17 May 2016: Four bomb blasts kill 69 people in Baghdad; three of the targets were Shia areas

11 May 2016: Car bombs in Baghdad kill 93 people, including 64 in market in Shia district of Sadr City

1 May 2016: Two car bombs kill at least 33 people in southern city of Samawa

26 March 2016: Suicide attack targets football match in central city of Iskandariya, killing at least 32

6 March 2016: Fuel tanker blown up at checkpoint near central city of Hilla, killing 47

28 February 2016: Twin suicide bomb attacks hit market in Sadr City, killing 70

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