At least 45 people were killed Thursday in a car bombing claimed by the radical Sunni Islamic State group in a mostly Shiite area of Baghdad, a security official said.
Forty-nine people were wounded by the blast in Baghdad’s south-western district of Bayaa, according to Saad Maan, a spokesman for Baghdad Operations Command, the agency in charge of the city’s security.
“The terrorist attack took place in an area full of car dealerships in Bayaa,” he said.
Islamic State’s semi-official Amaq agency said that the attack was carried out using a parked car targeting a crowd of Shiites in the area. The US condemned “in the strongest possible terms the horrible terrorist attacks” in Baghdad. “These acts of mass murder are yet another example of [Islamic State‘s] utter contempt for human life and its efforts to sow discord and division among the Iraqi people,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.
The attack is the deadliest this year in Baghdad. Islamic State, which regards Shiites as heretics, often targets Shiite religious observances, as well as markets, restaurants and other crowded locations in mainly Shiite districts.Read more