Twin suicide bombings rock central Baghdad; at least 28 dead

BAGHDAD (AP) — Twin suicide bombings ripped through a busy market in the Iraqi capital yesterday, killing at least 28 people and wounding 73 others, officials said.

The rare suicide bombing attack hit the Bab al-Sharqi commercial area in central Baghdad amid heightened political tensions over planned early elections and a severe economic crisis.

Blood smeared the floors of the busy market amid piles of clothes and shoes as survivors took stock of the disarray in the aftermath.

No one immediately took responsibility for the attack, but Iraqi military officials said it was the work of the IS group.

Iraq’s military said at least 28 people were killed and 73 wounded in the attack and said some of the injured were in serious condition.

Several health and police officials said the toll might be higher. They spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Security forces gather at the site of a deadly bomb attack in Baghdad’s bustling commercial area in Iraq. PHOTO: AP