Twin blasts in Baghdad kill 23 people

Published July 3rd, 2016 - 06:30 GMT
Iraqis gather at the scene of a car bombing in Sadr City in May. (AFP/File)
Iraqis gather at the scene of a car bombing in Sadr City in May. (AFP/File)

At least 23 people have been killed and scores more injured as two separate blasts rock the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

The first blast happened in the city’s central Karada district outside a local restaurant early on Sunday morning, while the second explosion went off shortly afterwards in eastern Baghdad.

Daesh has claimed responsibility for the first blast, but says 40 Shia Muslims were killed and 80 more wounded in the attack.

Facing heavy military operations aimed at its main strongholds in Iraq, Daesh has frequently targeted various neighborhoods of Baghdad, particularly those populated by Shia Muslims, to undermine government efforts to maintain security.

Baghdad was the scene of back-to-back bombings claimed by Daesh last month, when nearly 200 people lost their lives in and near the city in just a week.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since Daesh militants mounted an offensive in the country in June 2014.


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