Rare twin suicide attack kills at least 28 in Baghdad

  2021-01-21 15:29      187 View Count        Comment

A twin suicide bombing killed at least 28 people and wounded more than 73 in a Baghdad market on Thursday in the first such attack in years, security and medical sources said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Suicide bombings have been rare in the Iraqi capital since the defeat of ISIS in 2017. The last took place in January 2018.

The Iraqi military said two attackers wearing explosive vests blew themselves up among shoppers at a crowded market in Tayaran Square in central Baghdad, adding that several people had been killed.

An interior ministry spokesman told Reuters that the number of deaths was expected to rise as some wounded were in critical condition.

Baghdad has witnessed almost no such attacks since Iraqi forces and a U.S.-backed coalition drove the ISIS militant group from territory it controlled in Iraq in 2017.

The last deadly suicide blast in the Iraqi capital took place in January 2018, also at Tayaran Square, killing at least 27 people.

Source: The Baghdad Post

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