Islamic State car bomb kills at least 45 in Baghdad

By Eric DuVall   |   Feb. 16, 2017 at 12:57 PM

Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A car bomb, the third in as many days, rocked Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 45 people and injuring dozens more, government officials said.

Other reports put the death toll up to 48 people.

The blast happened on a crowded street near a used car dealership in the predominantly Shiite Hayy al-Shurta neighborhood in the southwest portion of the Iraqi capital. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

It is the third deadly bombing in Baghdad this week. On Tuesday, a car bomb killed four people. On Wednesday, a suicide bomber exploded a truck in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad, killing 15.

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