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BAGHDAD: Car bomb kills 48 as IS terror wave escalates !

 2017-02-16 17:50:54.0

BAGHDAD: Car bomb kills 48 as IS  terror wave escalates !

BAGHDAD: A car packed with explosives blew up on Thursday in southern Baghdad, killing atleast 48 people and wounding 55, security and medical sources said, it is the third such deadliest attack in the last three days.

A mobile footage of the Al-Sadar city circulated on social media of the blast in which a massive destruction can be seen with bodies all over the market place of Bhaya where the explosion took place around 4:15 pm (1315 GMT).

Security sources said the vehicle which blew up on Thursday was parked in a crowded street full of garages and used car dealers, in Hayy al-Shurta in the southwest of the city

Earlier on Wendsday 11 people died in a suicide bomb blast by the IS group , the joint police and intelligence teams managed to trap the trio in Radaniya, west of Baghdad, killing one and arresting the other two .

"They were wearing explosive belts," said Jalil al-Rubaie, commander of the Interior Ministry's Baghdad operations.

Violence surged in Iraq with the emergence of Islamic State militants who took over large areas of the country in 2014. Baghdad has been witnessing almost daily bombings targeting civilians and security personnel.

The IS militants have taken responsibility of the attacks and several other attacks that hit the capital in the past month.

Observers believe Islamic State have begun to escalate attacks outside the city of Mosul, where the group has been losing ground and personnel since October, so as to relieve pressure by government forces on that front and to drive attention from the group losses.


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