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  • At least 167 people were killed, and 185 injured

  • because two car bombs exploded in Baghdad earlier on Sunday

  • Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks that happened just after midnight

  • a busy time during the holy month of Ramadan, as Muslims go out to shop and eat after fasting during the day

  • The first explosion went off at about 1 am, in the Karada commercial district in south central Baghdad

  • and was caused by the detonation of a refrigerated truck packed with explosives

  • The second was a booby-trapped car in Shallal market, a Shia district to the north of the city

  • In fact, we were gathered in this street in Karada, and many people

  • were buying things for Eid al-Fitr in a delightful atmosphere. All of a sudden

  • a huge explosion took place and damaged almost everything on the street

  • Then I could see nothing: the sky and earth were all dark

  • Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared three days of mourning for the victims

  • His convoy came under attack from bystanders

  • frustrated at the economic crisis, and the worsening security situation

  • Baghdad has come under increasing attack from suicide bombers

  • as ISIS loses ground to Iraqi forces backed by coalition air strikes

  • Tom Griggs, Financial Times

At least 167 people were killed, and 185 injured

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