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At Least 86 Killed in Baghdad Bombings

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People gather at the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite district of Sadr City, Iraq, May 11, 2016.

People gather at the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite district of Sadr City, Iraq, May 11, 2016.

Bombings across the Iraqi capital killed at least 86 people Wednesday, according to police and hospital officials.

The deadliest attack occurred during morning rush hour when a car bomb ripped through a market in a Sadr City area, killing at least 64 people and wounding 40 others.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. The Sunni group has frequently carried out similar attacks in Baghdad, particularly in predominantly Shi'ite areas.

Ambulances rushed to the scene of the explosion in Sadr City as bystanders picked through overturned carts, stalls and wooden crates. Thick plumes of black smoke poured into the air as fires raged in nearby shops.

Amateur video showed personal belongings scattered across the pavement as dazed bystanders moaned and cried. Rescue workers attended to victims of the blast as a crowd milled around the overturned carcass of the vehicle used in the explosion.

Later in the day, a bombing targeted a police station in the mostly Shi'ite district of Kadhimiya, located northwest of the Iraqi capital. At least 15 people were killed and another 33 wounded.

In northern Baghdad, a suicide car bomb in the Sunni district of Jamiya killed seven people and wounded at least 20.

A woman reacts at the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite district of Sadr City, Iraq, May 11, 2016.

A woman reacts at the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite district of Sadr City, Iraq, May 11, 2016.

In Washington on Wednesday, the U.S. State Department strongly condemned the bombings across Baghdad, and urged Iraqi leaders to work together to prevent internal political crisis from getting in the way of fighting terrorist groups.

State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said the recent spate of attacks by Islamic State terrorists, also called Daesh, highlights the importance of "Iraqi leaders from all communities working together to quickly resolve differences, so the progress made against Daesh continues."

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