At least 27 people died Saturday in two simultaneous suicide bombings in a crowded Baghdad market, the worst attack since October in the Iraqi capital just a few hours from New Year celebrations, a police source said.
“There are 27 dead and 53 wounded,” a police colonel told AFP. A previous report revealed 18 dead and 38 wounded.
Two suicide bombers blew their loads on an early morning in the busy mid-wholesale market in Al-Sinek, right in the center of Baghdad.
The latest major bombing in Baghdad occurred in mid-October when a suicide bomber blew himself up in the middle of a condolence ceremony in a Shiite neighborhood, killing at least 34 people.
The attack was not claimed, but the Sunni Islamic State (IE) jihadist group claims the majority of suicide bombings and bombings in Baghdad and the rest of the country.
On the military front, the IA is fighting in Mosul, in the north of the country, against the Iraqi security forces. Mosul is the second city in Iraq and the last stronghold of jihadists in the country.