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21 Jan, 2021 09:29

Double suicide bombing hits Baghdad, killing at least 32 and injuring around 110 others

Double suicide bombing hits Baghdad, killing at least 32 and injuring around 110 others

The Iraqi government has confirmed social media reports of two suicide bombings in the country’s capital, with the explosions in central Baghdad killing at least 32 and injuring around 110 others.

Two explosions were heard in Tayaran Square, Baghdad by witnesses after suicide bombers are believed to have detonated explosive vests in the area's busy marketplace. 

In response to the attack, Iraq has deployed intense security measures and closed roads around the site of the attack, establishing a green zone while they evaluate the extent of the casualties and damage caused, according to state media.

The Iraqi health ministry has confirmed 32 fatalities and 110 injuries, as the death toll from the blast continues to rise.

The country has been on high security alert since the beginning of this month over concerns of a potential attack, and local authorities have been conducting field inspections around Baghdad International Airport as part of an operation to find and disarm any unauthorized weapons. It's not clear if this incident is linked to that security threat.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings. 

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