Death toll hits 59 after Baghdad car bombing

February 17 2017, 10.49amUpdated: February 17 2017, 7.29pm
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The death toll from a car bomb attack in southern Baghdad has reached 59, with 66 more injured, officials said.

A statement from the Islamic State group said its fighters detonated a parked car among a gathering of Shiites in the al-Bayaa neighbourhood.

Baghdad has seen near daily bomb attacks claimed by IS in what is seen as an attempt to distract attention as the militants lose territory along front lines in northern and western Iraq.

Another four attacks in and around Baghdad on Thursday killed eight people and wounded around 30, police and medical officials said.

AP

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