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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 - 6:46
Baghdad marketplace blast kills 36
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A suicide bomber driving a ute loaded with explosives struck a bustling market in Baghdad, killing at least 36 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group hours after French President Francois Hollande arrived in the Iraqi capital.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the bomber pretended to be a man seeking to hire day labourers during a press conference with Hollande in the capital.

Once the workers gathered around, he detonated the vehicle.

An online statement distributed by Amaq news agency, which supports IS, said the ultra-hardline Sunni group had targeted a gathering of Shiite Muslims, with 67 people also wounded in the blast.
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