Baghdad attack: Isis claims responsibility after 78 dead in car bombing
The bombings came near the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when the streets are filled with young people and families after dusk
The death toll from an Isis-claimed car bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, has risen to 78, according to Iraqi officials.
More than 160 people were wounded in the attack on a market in Karada, a Shia-majority neighbourhood, as families and young people were out on the streets after breaking their daylight fast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Shortly afterwards, an improvised explosive device went off in eastern Baghdad, killing five people and wounding 16.
People gather at the site of a suicide car bomb in the Karada shopping area, in Baghdad, Iraq, 3 July, 2016 (Reuters)
Isis claimed responsibility for the first attack, releasing a statement to say a suicide car bomber targeted Shiites and warning “the raids of the mujahedeen [holy warriors] against the Rafidha [Shiites] apostates will not stop”.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the second bombing.