Two bombs have exploded in a busy market area in central Baghdad, killing at least 28 people and wounding at least 54, Iraqi police and medical officials have said.
The blasts ripped through shops in the Al-Sinek area early on Saturday, a police colonel said. The explosions went off near a car spare parts shops during the morning rush.
Details remain unclear but one of them was triggered by a suicide bomber, the other was a planted explosive, an interior ministry official told Reuters.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for what was the deadliest attack to hit the capital since mid-October but the Islamic State jihadist group has claimed nearly all such bombings.
Baghdad has been on high alert since the start on 17 October of an offensive, Iraq’s largest military operation in years, to retake the northern jihadist stronghold of Mosul.
The area that was targeted on Saturday is packed with wholesale markets and usually teeming with daily labourers unloading vans and wheeling carts around.
Agence France-Presse, Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report
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