: Reuters: At least 82 killed in overnight Baghdad bombings (video)

13:04 Jul. 3, 2016

Reuters: At least 82 killed in overnight Baghdad bombings (video)

Iraqi security forces look for victims as civilians gather at the site after a car bomb at a commercial area in Karada neighborhood, Baghdad, Iraq, July 3, 2016 (AP Photo)

The bombing is the deadliest in the country since Iraqi forces last month dislodged Islamic State militants from Falluja

At least 82 people were killed and 200 injured in two bombings that hit Baghdad around midnight Saturday, July 2, nearly all of them in a blast targeting a busy shopping area as they celebrated Ramadan, police and medical sources said Sunday, July 3.

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A refrigerator truck packed with explosives blew up in Karrada in central Baghdad, killing 80 people and injuring at least 200. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, in a statement circulated online by supporters of the ultra-hard line Sunni group. It said the blast was a suicide bombing.

Karrada was busy at the time as Iraqis eat out late during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which ends next week. Police said the toll could rise as more bodies could be lying under the rubble of devastated buildings.

The bombing is the deadliest in the country since Iraqi forces last month dislodged Islamic State militants from Falluja, their stronghold just west of the capital that had served as a launch pad for such attacks. Full story 

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Iraqi security forces look for victims as civilians gather at the site after a car bomb at a commercial area in Karada neighborhood, Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 3, 2016(AP Photo)

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