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Baghdad suicide attack ‘kills 35’
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Baghdad suicide attack ‘kills 35’

At least 35 people have been killed in a double suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, medical sources say, the second attack in three days.

More than 90 were injured in the attack in Tayaran Square, in the city centre.

Baghdad has repeatedly been the target of bombings and armed attacks since the Islamic State (IS) group overran large areas of the country in 2014.

However, the pace of attacks has slowed since Iraq’s government declared it had retaken all the territory last month.

Monday’s attack was carried out by two men wearing suicide vests packed with explosives, the interior ministry said.

The site of the attack is a busy square where large crowds of construction workers gather to find work every morning.

It has been targeted by militants in the past.

An AFP reporter said there were a large number of security personnel at the site.

A suicide bomb attack on a checkpoint in the north of the city on Saturday killed at least five people, police said.

Iraq’s war with IS

  • January 2014: Forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant capture the cities of Falluja and Ramadi
  • June 2014: The jihadists take Mosul, Iraq’s second city, after a six-day battle
  • 29 June 2014: ISIL changes its name to Islamic State, announcing a new caliphate under Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
  • August 2014: IS captures Sinjar. Some 200,000 civilians, mostly Yazidis, flee to the Sinjar mountains, prompting US-aided air drops
  • March 2015: Iraqi forces and allied Shia militias retake Tikrit
  • December 2015: Ramadi recaptured
  • June 2016: Falluja retaken
  • October 2016: Iraqi forces, Shia militias, Kurdish units and international allies lay siege to Mosul
  • July 2017: Mosul retaken
  • December 2017: Iraq’s PM announces an end to the war with IS

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