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Baghdad suicide car bomb blast kills 32: police

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but ISIS regularly targets civilian areas in the capital

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A suicide car bomb attack in a densely-populated neighborhood of Baghdad on Monday killed at least 32 people and left dozens wounded, police and hospital officials said.

Many of the victims were daily laborers waiting for jobs at an intersection in Sadr City, a sprawling majority Shiite neighborhood in the northeast of the capital that has been repeatedly targeted. Pictures posted on social media shortly after the explosion showed a huge plume of black smoke billowing into the sky and seriously injured people being evacuated.

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According to a police colonel, at least 32 people were killed and 61 wounded in the blast, the second major attack in Baghdad in three days. At least 27 people were killed by twin explosions in a busy market area in central Baghdad on Saturday, in what was the deadliest such attack in the Iraqi capital in two months.

There was no immediate claim for Monday’s suicide blast but ISIS militants have claimed all such attacks recently, including the double bombing on New Year’s Eve.