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Deadly car bombing rips Baghdad auto market again

© Ahmad Mousa, AFP | A car bombing rocked a used car market in Baghdad on February 16, 2017.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-02-16

A vehicle packed with explosives blew up on Thursday at a car market in southern Baghdad, killing at least 45 people and wounding several others, according to security officials.

The vehicle was parked in a crowded street full of garages and used car dealers in Baghdad's southwestern al-Bayaa neighbourhood.

The bombing, the deadliest so far this year in Baghdad, is the second to target car markets this week. Thursday’s attack was the third consecutive attack in as many days.

Mobile phone footage circulating on social media sites showed charred bodies and extensive destruction in the area where the explosion went off around 4:15 pm local time.

Islamic State group claims attack

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed the attack hours after the explosion.

The IS group has stepped up bombings in Iraq in retaliation for a US-backed campaign that dislodged the hardline Sunni group from most Iraqi cities it took over in 2014. The militants also control parts of neighbouring Syria.

A suicide bomber targeted a street full of used car dealers in Baghdad's Shiite-dominated Sadr City on Wednesday, killing at least 15 and wounding 50 people.

(FRANCE 24 wit AFP, AP and REUTERS)

Date created : 2017-02-16

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