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Several Dead After Suicide Bombing In Baghdad

A suicide car bombing at an outdoor market in a predominantly Shi'ite area of Baghdad has killed at least nine people and wounded dozens of others.

The explosion on July 12 came from an explosives-laden pickup truck during rush hour at a vegetable and fruit market in the northeastern Al-Rashidiya district of the Iraqi capital.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State (IS) group considers Shi'a to be heretics and has claimed responsibility for several bomb attacks that have killed hundreds of Iraqis in recent months.

The IS claimed two attacks in Baghdad last week, including a massive truck bomb that hit a busy commercial area in Baghdad's Karada neighborhood and killed at least 292 people.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in Baghdad on July 11 that Washington would send more than 500 more troops to Iraq in the coming weeks to help establish a base near the northern city of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, which Iraqi officials hope to retake from the IS group in the coming months.

Based on reporting by AP and Al-Jazeera