Central Baghdad blasts kill at least 28


Two bombs exploded in a busy market area in central Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 28 people and wounded at least 54, according to police and medical officials.

The blasts ripped through shops in the Al-Sinek area, a police colonel said.

Al-Sinek is a busy market selling car accessories, food and clothes as well as agricultural seeds and machinery.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for what was the deadliest attack to hit the capital since mid-October but the Islamic State jihadist group has claimed nearly all such bombings.

Baghdad has been on high alert since the start on October 17 of an offensive, Iraq’s largest military operation in years, to retake the northern jihadist stronghold of Mosul.

The area that was targeted on Saturday is packed with wholesale markets and usually teeming with daily labourers unloading vans and wheeling carts around.