DAESH attacks on marketplace, Iraqi Army kill at least 95

DAESH attacks Iraqi security forces in western Baghdad and marketplace in Shiite district, killing at least 95 people in total

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

People gather at site of suicide blasts in Baghdad's Sadr City, February 28, 2016.

Updated Feb 29, 2016

At least 78 people have been killed and more than 100 others wounded in two suicide blasts in Baghdad's mainly Shiite district of Sadr City, Iraqi officials said on Sunday.

In a statement circulated online, DAESH claimed responsibility and said that two suicide bombers affiliated with the group had carried out the attack.

Two police sources said the assailants were suicide bombers riding motorcycles through a crowded mobile phone market. They said police had sealed off the area to prevent further attacks.

The DAESH terrorist group also launched an offensive in the western outskirts of Baghdad targeting Iraqi Army and police posts with suicide and armed attacks.

Officials said DAESH killed at least 17 security forces and seized positions in a grain silo and a cemetery in the village of Khdim Adhab in Abu Ghraib 25 km west from the center of Baghdad.

It is the largest assault near the Iraqi capital in months.

The Iraqi Army has been fighting DAESH since June 2014 when the terrorist group captured swathes of territory in western and northern regions including Iraq’s second largest city Mosul.

DAESH had also claimed twin suicide bombings targeting Shiite worshippers on Thursday that killed at least nine people.

Those bombings took place in Shuala, another Shiite-majority area in northern Baghdad.

In Abu Ghraib a curfew was imposed as a regiment of Iraq's elite counter-terrorism forces was mobilised to retake the silo and prevent the DAESH terrorists approaching the nearby airport, security officials said.

Army and police sources said the attackers came from the nearby DAESH-controlled areas of Garma and Falluja, driving Humvees and pickup trucks fixed with machine guns.

Iraqi Army helicopters began an offensive DAESH positions in the silo and the cemetery, a military statement said.

TRTWorld and agencies