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Baghdad car bomb blast kills at least 7, injures 15

Smoke billows from buildings in a northeastern neighbourhood of the Iraqi capital Baghdad where several blasts rocked the area on September 2, 2016. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Baghdad, Baghdad Governorate, Iraq Sep 06, 2016, 01.54 AM (IST)
A car bomb explosion in central Baghdad killed at least seven people late yesterday, the police informed.

The explosion took place near the Abdel Majid hospital, close to the site of another bombing that killed more than 300 people in July. At least 15 people were injured in the explosion reported a little before midnight (2100 GMT), according to AFP

Yesterday's bombing took place in the Karrada neighbourhood of the Iraqi capital, setting several nearby shops on fire, officials said. 

According to a CNN report, Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. 

Amaq, the IS-affiliated media outlet, said its "martyrdom operation by a suicide car bomb targeted a Shiite gathering in Karrada neighborhood in Baghdad," the report said. 

The attack, like this one in July, targeted a predominantly Shiite neighborhood in the city, it further added. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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