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05/30/2017 06:06 am ET

Baghdad Bomb Blasts Kill 20 And Wound 80 During Ramadan

The attackers struck during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan when many people stay up past midnight and eat out to prepare for the next day’s fast.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two car bombs killed at least 20 people in Baghdad and wounded about 80 others in streets packed with crowds preparing for the Ramadan fast early on Tuesday, security sources said.

Militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the first blast that killed at least 13 people and wounded 40 just after midnight (2100 GMT on Monday) in the Iraqi capital’s commercial Karrada district.

A wreckage of a car is seen at the site of car bomb attack near a government office in Karkh district in Baghdad.
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A wreckage of a car is seen at the site of car bomb attack near a government office in Karkh district in Baghdad.

A few hours later, a second bombing killed seven people and wounded 38 more near a government office in Karkh district. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The attackers struck during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan when many people stay up past midnight and eat out to prepare for the next day’s fast.

Karrada was hit by a massive truck bomb in July 2016 that killed at least 324 people, the deadliest attack in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion of the country in 2003.

Iraqis gather at the site of a car bomb explosion near Baghdad's Al-Shuhada Bridge.
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Iraqis gather at the site of a car bomb explosion near Baghdad's Al-Shuhada Bridge.

Islamic State has been retreating in Iraq since the end of 2015 in the face of U.S.-backed government forces and Iranian-backed Shi’ite paramilitary groups.

It is now besieged in an enclave in the northern city of Mosul, which it has used as its de facto capital in Iraq. Islamic State declared a “caliphate” over parts of Syria and Iraq in 2014.

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