Third Baghdad car bomb in three days kills at least 39

A car bomb exploded in Baghdad for the third day running today, killing at least 16 people in a southern neighbourhood, an interior ministry official said. The blast rocked the same Bayaa neighbourhood where a car bomb had already killed four people on Tuesday, the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to talk to the press.

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At least 11 people were also killed in a suicide car bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group yesterday in a northern neighbourhood of the Iraqi capital. Baghdad was rocked by a wave of deadly suicide bombings during the first days of 2017 but relatively few explosions had been reported since then until this week.

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