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ISIL attacks market; kill scores of Iraqis

ISIL attacks market; kill scores of Iraqis


Two roadside bomb blasts near Iraq’s capital, Baghdad have killed at least 70 people.The incident happened at a busy market outside the city.

The Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant group have claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attacks.

Media reports said it was the deadliest in the predominantly Shia neighbourhood of Sadr city north of the capital.

According to Al Jazeera, the explosion also injured 100 people.

Two police sources said the assailants were suicide bombers riding motorcycles through a crowded mobile phone market.

The blast occured some hours after government troops and policemen came under attack from ISIL, which has seized territory in both Iraq and Syria.

In a statement circulated online, the Islamic State said two suicide bombers had carried out the attack, killing and wounding “hundreds of polytheist rejectionists”, as the ultra-hardline Sunni group refers to Shi’ite Muslims.