Car bomb strikes Baghdad market, killing at least 9

January 5, 2017

A car bomb tore through a Baghdad market on Thursday, killing at least nine people in what appeared to be the latest in a series of deadly attacks by the IS group.
The car was parked near an outdoor fruit and vegetable market in a mostly Shiite neighborhood. Seven civilians and two policemen were killed, while at least 15 other people were wounded, police and medical officials said.
IS has managed to carry out a series of attacks across Iraq while also putting up stiff resistance in the northern city of Mosul, where U.S.-backed Iraqi forces have been waging a massive offensive since mid-October.
Mosul, about 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad, is Iraq’s second largest city and the extremists’ last major urban bastion in the country. Iraqi forces have retaken around a quarter of the city since the offensive began.

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