IS kills at least 64 in Baghdad, most of them women

A car bomb that exploded in a market in a Shi'ite neighborhood of Baghdad has killed at last 64 people, injuring more than 80, the BBC reported on Wednesday.

Source: Tanjug
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The scene of Wednesday's explosion in Sadr City (Tanjug/AP)
The scene of Wednesday's explosion in Sadr City (Tanjug/AP)

Iraqi police sources said that many of the victims were women and children and that nearby buildings and vehicles have also been damaged.

Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack. The terrorist organization has recently carried out several attacks in this area of the city.

According to Reuters, the explosion happened near a beauty salon in Sadr City. Most of the victims of Wednesday's attack were women.

The report also quoted Amaq agency, "that supports Islamic State," as saying the intended target of a suicide bomber were "Shi'ite militia fighters."

Islamic State controls significant areas of northern and western Iraq, including the second largest city, Mosul.

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