Death toll in Baghdad car bomb attack claimed by ISIS at 59

2017-02-17 20:03
Civilians inspect the aftermath of a car bomb attack in Baghdad. (Karim Karim, AP)

Civilians inspect the aftermath of a car bomb attack in Baghdad. (Karim Karim, AP)

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Baghdad - The death toll from a car bomb attack in a southern Baghdad neighbourhood has reached 59 with 66 others injured, a police officer and medical sources said on Friday.

Authorities initially said the Thursday attack at an auto dealership in the al-Bayaa neighbourhood killed at least 55 and wounded more than 60. The Islamic State group claimed credit for the bombing.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief reporters.

ISIS, in a statement early Friday, said its fighters detonated bombs in a parked car among a gathering of Shi'ites in the Fifth Police district on Thursday. It did not give further details.

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.

The US State Department condemned the bombing, saying such attacks show the extremist group's "utter contempt for human life and its efforts to sow discord and division among the Iraqi people".

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

The bomb attacks claimed by ISIS are seen as an attempt to distract attention as the militants cede territory along front lines in northern and western Iraq.

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