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Scores killed in Baghdad market blast

By Staff Reporter

A suicide bomber driving a pick-up loaded with explosives has struck a bustling market in Baghdad, killing at least 36 people.

The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group hours after French President Francois Hollande arrived in the Iraqi capital.

The bomb went off in a fruit and vegetable market that was packed with day labourers, a police officer said, adding that another 52 people were wounded.

During a Press conference with Mr Hollande, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the bomber pretended to be a man seeking to hire day labourers. Once the workers gathered around he detonated the vehicle.

IS claimed the attack in a statement circulated on a militant website. It was the third attack in as many days in and around Baghdad, underscoring the lingering threat posed by the group despite a string of setbacks over the past year.

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