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Deadly Twin Bombing Hits Crowded Baghdad Market

A twin suicide bombing has killed at least 59 people and wounded nearly 100 in a crowded outdoor market in Baghdad, Iraqi officials said.

Police said a bomb ripped through the Mredi market in the Shi'ite district of Sadr City on February 28.

Minutes later, a suicide bomber blew himself up amid the crowd that had gathered at the site of the first bombing.

The Islamic State (IS) extremist group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The bombing came hours an attack by IS militants on Baghdad's western suburb of Abu Ghraib, officials said.

Police said the IS assault started in the early morning when three suicide car bombers struck a security force barracks as gunmen opened fire.

At least 12 government and paramilitary soldiers were killed and 35 others wounded, police said.

Abu Ghraib, the location of a prison where U.S. troops committed abuses against detainees after the 2003 invasion, is about five kilometers west of Baghdad International Airport.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and AFP