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Twin car bomb blasts leave at least 12 dead in Iraq

Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, IS has been behind all the recent bombings in Iraq. (Representative image) Photograph: (AFP)

Baghdad, Iraq Sep 09, 2016, 11.02 PM (IST)

Two car bomb blasts outside a shopping mall in central Baghdad late Friday killed at least 12 people and wounded another 40, Reuters reported today. 

The attack at Nakheel Mall opposite the oil ministry was claimed by the Islamic State. While one explosion came from a parked car, the other was caused by an explosives-laden vehicle driven by a suicide bomber outside the mall, a police colonel said.\

Amaq news agency, which supports Islamic State, said in an online statement that two suicide bombers, one wearing a vest and the other in a car, had targeted "a gathering of Shi'ites" on Palestine Street.

An interior ministry source also confirmed the details of the attack, which he said took place just before midnight (2100 GMT).

The mall opened last year on Palestine street in central Baghdad and shops were likely to have remained open late during the weekend preceding next week's Eid al-Adha feast. The multi-storey shopping mall houses one of the city's most popular cinemas. 

(WION with inputs from agencies) 

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