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IS Suicide Bombings in Baghdad Leave Nearly 70 Dead


Security forces and citizens inspect the scene after a suicide car bombing hit a crowded outdoor market in Baghdad's eastern Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City, Iraq, May 17, 2016.

A wave of bombings struck markets across the Iraqi capital Tuesday killing at least 68 people and injuring more than 100.

The deadliest attack occurred in the mainly Shiite district of al-Shaab area in northern Baghdad, where officials say a suicide bomber detonated explosives in a busy market. So-called Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack which left at least 34 people dead and wounded at least 70.

Another attack, a car bombing, hit the Rashid neighborhood in the southern part of the city killing at least six and injuring 22.

In Baghdad's Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City, a suicide car bombing left at least 19 dead and more than 21 injured.

The Associated Press also reports a fourth attack at a restaurant in the northeast Habibiya neighborhood that left nine dead.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for those bombings.

During the past week, Islamic State has claimed a wave of attacks in and around Baghdad that have killed more than 100 people.

These latest attacks come on the heels of Iraqi ground forces achieving a number of key territorial victories against the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has acknowledged that Islamic State group is seeking to take advantage of the country's political crisis over the pace of political reform and the overhaul of a quota-based governing system.