Baghdad Series of Bombing Killed Dozens of People

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Baghdad Series of Bombing Killed Dozens of People
The scene of the car-bomb attack in Sadr City, Baghdad, on Wednesday. Photo: KHALID MOHAMMED/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Three bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital Baghdad have killed at least 88 people, according to the medics and police. The series of Islamic State bombings was marked as one of the deadliest days of insurgent violence in Iraq’s capital in years and it exposed the government’s failure to displace the extremists.

The first bombing killed at least 62 people and wounded 86 in a crowded market in the predominantly Shiite Muslim neighborhood of Sadr City. They are mostly women and children.

After several hours, a man wearing an explosives vest detonated himself while waiting in a security line. This suicide bombing killed 15 people and wounded 31 occurred outside the main entrance to the Kadhimiya neighborhood, the home to an important Shiite shrine.

The last one was a car bombing in western Baghdad that killed 11 people and wounded 48.

According to the IS statement distributed in the social media, they had targeted Shiite fighters.

There are also other two smaller bombings that killed 6 people, not immediately claimed by the Islamic State or any other group.