Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 16, wounds 65

Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq January 15, 2018. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

BAGHDAD: At least 16 people were killed and 65 wounded in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Monday, the Iraqi interior ministry said.
The toll from the attacks on Monday could rise as more bodies were being recovered from the site, the ministry said in a statement.
Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Saad Maan said the rush-hour attack struck at the city’s Tayran Square.
He said it was carried out by two suicide bombers in an area around the square that is usually crowded by labourers seeking work.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but it follows previous attacks by the Islamic State group.
Militant attacks have decreased significantly in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq since the country’s security forces retook nearly all territory once held by IS.
Iraqi and US officials have warned Isis would continue with insurgent-style attacks.


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