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Death Toll Reaches 73 in Twin Suicide Bombings at Iraqi Market

People gather at the site of suicide blasts in Baghdad's Sadr City February 28, 2016. The death toll from two suicide blasts in Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite district of Sadr City rose to 24 with more than 60 others wounded, police and medical sources said on Sunday. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili
People gather at the site of suicide blasts in Baghdad’s Sadr City February 28, 2016. The death toll from two suicide blasts in Baghdad’s mainly Shi’ite district of Sadr City rose to 24 with more than 60 others wounded, police and medical sources said on Sunday. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

A bomb ripped through the crowded Mredi market

(BAGHDAD) — Militants attacked an outdoor market on Sunday in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 73 people and wounding more than 100, officials said.

A bomb ripped through the crowded Mredi market in the Shiite district of Sadr City, a police officer said. Minutes later, a suicide bomber blew himself up amid the crowd that had gathered at the site of the first bombing, he added.

Police and health officials say several of the critically wounded died overnight while 112 people remain in hospital. At least five people are still missing after Sunday’s blast.

Three medical officials confirmed latest death toll and number of wounded. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren’t authorized to talk to reporters.

The attack was the deadliest in a wave of recent explosions that have targeted commercial areas in and outside Baghdad.

In the town of Mahmoudiya, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad, three shoppers were killed and 10 wounded in a bomb explosion, another police officer said. Four others were killed in a separate bomb attack in Baghdad’s southern Dora neighborhood, he added.

The Islamic State-affiliated Aamaq news agency later claimed responsibility for the Sadr City bombings. The militant Sunni Muslim group controls key areas in northern and western Iraq and regularly targets government forces, civilians and especially Shiites, who the IS regards as heretics.

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