At least 17 killed and 35 wounded in Baghdad car bomb targeting civilians

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Published: Saturday 30th April 2016 by The News Editor

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At least 17 people are dead and 35 wounded in a Baghdad car bomb targeting civilians in the Iraq capital’s south east, officials said.

Local police officials at the scene said the attack targeted Shiite pilgrims walking to Baghdad’s holy Kadhimiyah shrine, but other Iraqi security officials say the attack targeted an open-air market.

Thousands of Shiite pilgrims from across Iraq are expected to descend on the shrine on foot over the coming days.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for similar attacks targeting Shiite pilgrims and civilians in Baghdad’s Shiite neighbourhoods.

Published: Saturday 30th April 2016 by The News Editor

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