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Twin bombing kills 16 in Baghdad

Twin bombing kills 16 in Baghdad

At least 27 people were killed and dozens more were left injured in a twin explosion in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Monday (15 January), the health department said.

Medical sources say the death toll is expected to rise, with many critically injuried.

Health chief for east Baghdad, Dr Abdel Ghani al-Saadi, told the news agency that "26 dead and 90 wounded".

He said it was carried out by two suicide bombers in an area around the square that is usually crowded by labourers seeking work.

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A suicide bomb attack on a checkpoint in the north of the city on Saturday killed at least five people, police said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but it bore the hallmarks of ISIL, which has claimed such attacks before.

Monday's bombing is the deadliest since the Iraqi army dislodged the Daesh terrorist group from northern and western Iraq past year.