Dozens killed as third bomb blast in days rocks Baghdad

According to the Guardian, at least 50 people were killed and another 250 were injured in a suicide-bomb attack in Sehwan.

Thursday's bombing was the second attack in a week targeting auto markets in the area, suggesting that militants have found it easier to leave vehicles laden with explosives near areas where hundreds of other cars are parked.

The blast killed 51 people and wounded at least as many others, Gen. Saad Maan, spokesman for Baghdad's Operations Command, said in a statement.

The terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the bombing through its news agency Amaq.

A massive auto bomb ripped through a used vehicle market in southern Baghdad Thursday, killing at least 45 people in the deadliest such attack this year, security officials said.

One was killed and the other two were arrested as they were putting on explosive belts, he said.

Hospital officials confirmed the casualty toll for the attack, for which there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Last November, a different bombing killed 70 or more civilians, including Iranian pilgrims, at a Southern Baghdad gas tation.

Baghdad saw a wave of deadly suicide attacks in the first few days of 2017, but the number has dropped recently.

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