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78 killed and over 160 injured in ISIS car bomb attack

Crime WorldBy Sunday World
Police search through the wreckage in the aftermath of the attack in the Karada neighborhood of Baghdad
Police search through the wreckage in the aftermath of the attack in the Karada neighborhood of Baghdad

Seventy eight people have been killed and 160 wounded in a car bombing carried out by the Islamic State group in the centre of Baghdad, Iraqi officials say.

In an online statement, IS claimed responsibility for the Sunday morning attack, which struck a busy shopping district in the capital. The statement could not be independently verified.

The bombing hit as families and young people were out on the streets of the Karada district after breaking their Ramadan fast.

A second bomb attack in eastern Baghdad killed five people and wounded 16.

The casualty figures were confirmed by police and hospital officials.

The attacks come after Iraqi forces retook the city of Fallujah from IS.