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Dozens Killed in Baghdad Car Bomb

Citizens inspect the scene after a car bomb explosion on Jan. 2 at a crowded outdoor market in Baghdad's eastern district of Sadr City. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
Citizens inspect the scene after a car bomb explosion on Jan. 2 at a crowded outdoor market in Baghdad's eastern district of Sadr City. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Updated at 11:55 a.m. Eastern

BAGHDAD — A car bomb in Baghdad killed at least 47 people and wounded nearly more than 60 on Thursday, Iraq's Interior Ministry said. Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan confirmed the toll from the attack, which took place in the southwestern al-Bayaa neighborhood. The Islamic State group claimed the bombing in an online statement circulated by its Aamaq news agency. The Sunni extremist group said it was targeting Shiite Muslims. Iraqi officials said the bomb targeted car dealerships in the mostly Shiite neighborhood. The extremist group has carried out near-daily attacks in Baghdad despite suffering military setbacks elsewhere in the country, including in the northern city of Mosul, where U.S.-backed Iraqi forces have been waging a major operation since October. Another four attacks in and around Baghdad on Thursday killed eight people and wounded around 30, police and medical officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

Updated at 10:50 a.m. Eastern

BAGHDAD — Iraqi state TV says the death toll from the Baghdad car bomb has risen to 45. Islamic State has claimed the attack.

10:15 a.m. Eastern

A car bomb has struck Baghdad's southwestern al-Bayaa neighborhood shortly before sunset Thursday, killing at least 15 and wounding 25 others, a police officer and medical official said.

The officials said the bombing targeted car dealerships. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

Baghdad has been the scene of near daily bomb attacks claimed by the Islamic State group in what is seen as an attempt to distract attention as the militants cede territory along front lines in northern and western Iraq.

No one has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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