Deadly ISIS bomb attack near vehicle dealership kills at least 48 people

Camille Rivera
February 17, 2017

At least two people were killed and seven others wounded on Tuesday in a vehicle bomb explosion in southwestern the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a police source told Xinhua.

An interior ministry official gave a death toll of 52 and said that more than 50 other people were also wounded.

Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the attack through IS-affiliated Amaq agency.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms the disgusting terrorist attacks carried out by ISIS targeting a auto dealership in Baghdad, Iraq, today", said Mark Toner, the department's acting spokesman.

Baghdad saw a wave of deadly suicide attacks in the first few days of 2017, but the number has dropped recently. That attack happened in the predominately Shiite neighborhood of Habibiya, he said in a statement. An official said that similar incidents shook the same neighborhood on Tuesday, after another explosion killed four people and injured 25 in a very crowded market area.

At least nine people killed and 30 wounded in a blast on February 15.

A auto packed with explosives blew up on Thursday in the south of Baghdad, killing at least 48 people and wounding a number of others, security sources and medics said.

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