BAGHDAD (IRAQ) – Twin suicide bombings in the Baghdad market has killed at least 28 people on Thursday, the first such attack in years, said Iraq’s civil defence chief. He added that there was no immediate claim of responsibility.
The Iraqi military said two attackers wearing explosive vests had blown themselves up among shoppers at a crowded market in Tayaran Square in central Baghdad.
“Daesh terrorist groups might be standing behind the attacks,” Civil Defence chief Major General Kadhim Salman told reporters, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.
Speaking from the scene of the bombings, Salman said the death toll had risen to 28 from 23 initially reported, with 73 more people wounded.
Police sources said Iraqi security forces had been deployed and key roads blocked to prevent possible further attacks.