Dozens killed in Baghdad car bombing

A car bomb in Baghdad has killed at least 47 people and wounded around 60, Iraq's interior ministry said.

Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan confirmed the toll from the attack, which took place in the south-western al-Bayaa neighbourhood.

Islamic State claimed the bombing in an online statement circulated by its Aamaq news agency.

The Sunni extremist group said it was targeting Shiite Muslims.

Iraqi officials said the bomb targeted car dealerships in the mostly Shiite neighbourhood.

The extremist group has carried out near-daily attacks in Baghdad despite suffering military setbacks elsewhere in the country, including in the northern city of Mosul, where US-backed Iraqi forces have been waging a major operation since October.

Another four attacks in and around Baghdad on Thursday killed eight people and wounded around 30, police and medical officials said.

AP


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