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Baghdad car bombs death toll rises to 80

Baghdad car bombs death toll rises to 80

New York : The death toll from two car bombs in separate neighbourhoods in Baghdad last evening has gone up to 80, Iraqi officials said.

Police said the first explosion occurred in a busy commercial street in the central neighborhood of Karrada, killing 79 people and wounding 133 others, reports CNN.

Those injured and trapped in the adjacent buildings were rescued by the fire-fighting crews.

The second bomb, which exploded in an outdoor market in the Shaab neighborhood of southeastern Baghdad, killed one and wounded five others.

ISIS in a statement posted on Twitter claimed responsibility for the Karrada attack and said the group is targeting Shiite neighbourhoods.

In a similar incident in May this year, a series of car bombs killed scores of people in Baghdad with ISIS claiming responsibility for many of those bombings. (ANI)