3 Blasts In Baghdad Kill At Least 59 People – NPR

An Iraqi man displays steel pellets at the site of a suicide bombing Tuesday in the Shaab area of Baghdad.i

An Iraqi man displays steel pellets at the site of a suicide bombing Tuesday in the Shaab area of Baghdad.

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An Iraqi man displays steel pellets at the site of a suicide bombing Tuesday in the Shaab area of Baghdad.

An Iraqi man displays steel pellets at the site of a suicide bombing Tuesday in the Shaab area of Baghdad.

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Nearly 60 people have died in Baghdad after three predominately Shiite neighborhoods were attacked with bombs on Tuesday.

Nearly a hundred people were wounded in the attacks, NPR’s Alison Meuse reports.

First, an IED attack was followed up by a female suicide bomber who blew herself up in a crowded market, killing and wounding dozens in the eastern neighborhood of Shaab, Alison says. More than two dozen people died in that attack, according to The Associates Press.

Shortly afterward, another car wired with explosives was set off in a fruit and vegetable market in Dora, in the southern part of the capital. There were multiple fatalities and more than a dozen injuries, the AP reports.

Then a suicide truck bomb hit the Sadr City district, killing 22 and wounding 36, Alison reports.

All three neighborhoods are predominately Shiite Muslim.

No organization so far has publicly claimed responsibility for the attacks, the AP writes, but they “bore the hallmarks” of the Islamic State. The militant group is Sunni and regularly targets Shiite communities in terrorist strikes.

Last Wednesday, a string of ISIS-claimed attacks in Baghdad killed more than 85 people in what Alison says was Baghdad’s bloodiest day of 2016. Those suicide bombings hit Sadr City and two checkpoints in Baghdad.

“Members of Baghdad’s provincial council say ISIS is switching tactics as it loses ground, taking advantage of stretched security forces in the city,” Alison reports. “The council is calling for mainly Shiite government paramilitaries to take charge of Baghdad’s security.”

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