1 Jan 2017

Baghdad market blasts: At least 28 killed

6:49 am on 1 January 2017

Two bombs have exploded at a busy market in central Baghdad, killing at least 28 and wounding more than 50, officials say.

Iraqis look at the aftermath following a double blast in a busy market area in Baghdad's central al-Sinek neighbourhood on 31 December , 2016.

Survivors look at the aftermath following the double blast in Baghdad neighbourhood Al-Sinek. Photo: AFP

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, but Islamic State regularly targets civilians in the Iraqi capital.

An interior ministry official said one of the blasts was triggered by a suicide bomber, and the other was a planted explosive.

The explosions happened during the morning rush, near shops selling spare parts for cars, in the neighbourhood of Al-Sinek, according to police.

Civilians picked through the debris of the explosions, including a food cart torn apart by the blast, as medics carried off the casualties.

Islamic State has lost much of the northern and western territory it seized in 2014 and is now resisting an Iraqi offensive on the northern city of Mosul, the ultra-hardline group's last major stronghold in the country.

The Iraqi forces faced fierce resistance from the militants in the southern part of the city on Friday (Saturday NZT), while troops in the city's east and north cleared areas they had recaptured a day earlier.

- Reuters

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