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Islamic State Baghdad bombing targeting Shiites kills more than 70

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Andrew V. Pestano
People gather at the scene of a truck bomb attack in Jameela market in the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 13, 2015. The massive truck bomb ripped through the popular Baghdad food market in the Iraqi capital's crowded neighborhood in the early morning hours on Thursday, killing tens of people, in one of the deadliest single blasts in the capital in years, police officials said. photo by Hadeer Abbass /UPI
People gather at the scene of a truck bomb attack in Jameela market in the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 13, 2015. The massive truck bomb ripped through the popular Baghdad food market in the Iraqi capital's crowded neighborhood in the early morning hours on Thursday, killing tens of people, in one of the deadliest single blasts in the capital in years, police officials said. photo by Hadeer Abbass /UPI | License Photo

BAGHDAD, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The Islamic State carried out a truck bombing on a mostly Shiite district of Baghdad, Iraq, on Thursday, killing at least 70 people and wounding at least 200.

The truck detonated on the Jamila market in the predominantly Shiite Muslim district of Baghdad's north-eastern Sadr City at about 6 a.m. local time. The Islamic State took responsibility via social media, stating it launched the attack targeting Shiite militia members.

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The Islamic State is a Sunni militant Islam group and considers Shiites to be heretics. The Jamila market is one of the largest in Baghdad.

"Many people were killed and body parts were thrown on top of nearby buildings," Baghdad police officer Muhsin al-Saedi said. The death toll is expected to rise.

On Monday, an Islamic State attack killed at least 42 people and injured dozens more after two suicide car bombs detonated in a market near the city of Baquba, about 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, Iraq's capital. Baquba is also a predominantly Shiite area.

In May and July, large vehicle bombs exploded outside two popular Baghdad hotels.

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