Bloody Friday for Shiite in Baghdad + Video and Pics

Sat Apr 18, 2015 15:46:46

A clean-up operation continued in Baghdad on Saturday morning following an explosion at a car dealership in the Shiite neighbourhood of Habibya.

The blast on Friday killed at least 15 people, police said. Twenty six people were wounded and at least 11 cars were burnt.

The blast in Habibya was one of a series of bombings that ripped through the Iraqi capital on Friday, mainly targeting public places and killing at least 40 people, Iraqi officials said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks but violence has escalated both in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq in the wake of the ISIS group's capture of swathes of territory in the country's west and north during a blitz last year.

The ISIS group has taken credit for similar attacks in the past, especially those targeting Shiites, as well as Iraqi security forces and government buildings.

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