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Iraq: 13 killed, 52 others wounded by car bomb in Baghdad


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At least 13 people were killed and 52 others wounded on Saturday at by a car bomb at a popular auto dealership in a Shi'ite-majority suburb of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said according to VOA.

Reports say the explosion hit the Habibiya neighborhood of Sadr City, the same district where a massive truck bomb ripped through a wholesale vegetable market just two days before, killing 67 people — one of the worst attacks in Baghdad in a decade.

Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility for Saturday's attack, VOA says the jihadist Islamic State group frequently targets Shi'ites, whom it considers to be heretics. IS said it was behind Thursday's attack, according to VOA who said the well-known Habibiya car dealership has been targeted multiple times in the past.

A series of other bombings Saturday killed at least nine people and wounded 33 in and around Baghdad. The largest took place in the town of Madain, just south of Baghdad, when a bomb tore through a popular market, killing three people and wounding 10, police said.

In Taji, north of Baghdad, a bomb hit a row of vehicle repair shops, killing two people and injuring eight. Other blasts targeted busy commercial streets and markets in Jisr Diyala and Iskan.As Islamic State militants have been occupied with fighting elsewhere, the frequency of blasts in Baghdad had declined in recent months.