IS bombing kills 125 Ramadan shoppers in Baghdad

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At least 125 people have been killed and about 150 injured in an explosion claimed by the Islamic State group in Baghdad, Iraqi police say.

A car bomb exploded on a busy street in the central district of Karrada late on Saturday.

The mainly Shia area was busy with shoppers late at night because it is the holy month of Ramadan.

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The bombings, which came near the end of the holy month of Ramadan, demonstrated the extremists’ ability to mount significant attacks despite major battlefield losses, including the city of Fallujah, which was declared ‘fully liberated’ from IS just over a week ago

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was met by angry crowds while visiting the scene of the blast on Sunday.

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Iraqi fire fighters and civilians evacuate bodies from the blast site.
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DEVASTATING – Pictures of the building structure show the horrifying acts of terror that a man can plan against another. Truly no love in the world

A second bomb also exploded at about midnight in a predominantly Shia area north of the capital, killing another five people.

The bombing in Karrada is the deadliest in Iraq this year.

It comes a week after Iraqi security forces recaptured the city of Falluja from Islamic State (IS) militants. Authorities say the city was used as a launch pad for attacks on Baghdad. More from BBC

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Fire fighters battling the fire. It is reported that people were killed from the fire. Horrific!

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