Death toll from Baghdad market bombings rises to 73

Published: Monday 29th February 2016 by The News Editor

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The death toll from back-to-back market bombings in eastern Baghdad has risen to 73, Iraqi officials have said.

Police and health officials said several of those critically injured in Sunday’s blasts died overnight, while 112 people remain in hospital.

At least five people are still missing after an explosion ripped through the crowded Mredi market in the Shiite district of Sadr City, followed by a suicide bombing in the crowd that gathered at the site.

Three medical officials confirmed the latest death toll and the number of wounded.

The Islamic State group, which controls key areas in northern and western Iraq, has claimed responsibility for the bombings.

Published: Monday 29th February 2016 by The News Editor

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