Six persons were killed in twin suicide bombings in Iraq’s capital Baghdad on Thursday. At least 25 others were injured in the explosions that hit a commercial centre in central Baghdad.
Police sources said death toll from the attack inside a crowded market in Tayaran square could rise as some wounded were in a critical condition.
The bombings are the first in years to target Baghdad’s bustling commercial area. They come amid heightened political tensions as Iraq looks to have early elections in October.
The perpetrators were not immediately known. Iraq has seen attacks perpetrated by both the Islamic State group and militia groups in recent months.
Militias have routinely targeted the American presence with rocket and mortar attacks, especially the US Embassy in the heavily fortified Green Zone.
The pace of the attacks has decreased since an informal truce was declared by Iran-backed armed groups in October.
The Islamic State group has perpetrated similar attacks in the past, but has rarely been able to target the capital since being dislodged by Iraqi forces and the US-led coalition in 2017 battles.