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Twin suicide bombings at Baghdad street market kill at least 38

At least 38 people have died and more than a hundred have been wounded in a twin suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Officials at the country’s Interior Ministry said two bombers blew themselves up at Tayran Square – a busy street market – during rush hour on Monday.

Emergency services rushed to the market, which is usually crowded with labourers seeking work, before security forces sealed off the area.

In photos posted to social media, bodies could be seen scattered and items of clothing can be seen strewn across the blood-stained streets.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, which also hurt 105 people.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack
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The bombers struck during rush hour

Large-scale attacks have decreased significantly in the city and in other parts of the country since security forces retook most of the territory once held by Islamic State militants.

Prime Minister Haider al Abadi’s government declared victory over IS last month. He is up for re-election when the country votes on 12 May.

According to his office, Mr Abadi has since held an emergency meeting with the Joint Operations Command and intelligence officials.

He has reportedly asked them to “eliminate IS sleeper cells and protect the security of civilians”.

Another suicide bombing on Saturday killed at least five people near a security checkpoint in the north of Baghdad. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.


Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during the Iraqi Police Day at a police academy in Baghdad January 9, 2016

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Iraqi PM: ‘We have triumphed in little time’

But in November, IS claimed a suicide bombing on a market in the outskirts of the city, which claimed the lives of 11 people.

The bombings come after analysts warned IS would turn to similar attacks after being pushed underground once it lost territory near the Iraq-Syria border.

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