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Bombings leave over 70 dead in Iraq capital

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This May 11, 2016 photo shows people looking at the damage following a car bomb attack in Sadr City, a Shia-dominated area north of Iraq’s capital, Baghdad. (AFP)

Over 70 people have been killed in a fresh series of bomb attacks that rocked various parts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

More than two dozen people were killed in another bomb attack in a Shia-dominated neighborhood of the Iraqi capital Tuesday, following two other deadly bombings earlier.

Security sources said the car bombing was carried out at a crowded market in Sadr City. Twenty-eight people died and 57 more were injured.

Other sources said engineering units of Iraq’s Counter-Terrorism Forces managed to dismantle a second bomb hidden in a car parked in the area.

The bomb attack in Sadr City was the third deadly bombing to strike Shia-dominated areas of Baghdad on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, separate bombings hit two outdoor markets in the city. Over 40 people died, with officials saying that more than 90 were also injured.

Both Shaab and Dora neighborhoods, where the attacks were carried out, are dominated by Shia Muslims. In a later statement on its website, Daesh claimed responsibility for the back-to-back twin bombing.

The Daesh terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the fatal assaults.

More than 200 people have been killed in the new wave of bombings in and around Baghdad over the past week. The surge has clearly angered local populations, who blame the Iraqi government for failing to provide tighter security. However, observers say Daesh is seeking to make up for its loss of ground to Iraqi security forces over the past months.

New estimates by the government show that Daesh now controls only 14 percent of the Iraqi territory, down from the 40 percent it held in 2014, with top officials vowing to clear the entire Iraqi soil from militants in 2016.

The Iraqi army along with Popular Mobilization Units has been engaged in fighting against Daesh to liberate areas it has overrun in Iraq.

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