03/07/2016 11:27 AM AEST

Baghdad Bombings Kill Or Injure Dozens And ISIS Claims Responsibility

The attack comes just over a week after ISIS was forced out of Fallujah.

Photo shows aftermath of explosions in Baghdad, on July 3, 2016.
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Photo shows aftermath of explosions in Baghdad, on July 3, 2016.

BAGHDAD, July 3 (Reuters) - Several dozen people were killed or injured in two bombings that hit a shopping area and a popular market in Baghdad in the early hours of Sunday as they celebrated Ramadan, local TV channel al-Sumaria said.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb in the Karrada shopping area, in a statement circulated online by supporters of the ultra-hard line Sunni group.

The car bomb blew up near a restaurant in Karrada, killing or wounding at least 20 people, the independent al-Sumaria channel said, citing police sources. Iraqis like to eat out late during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which ends next week.

A video posted on social media showed a large blaze in main street of Karrada from the blast. 

The second bombing hit al-Shaab, a popular Shi'ite district in the north of the Iraqi capital, leaving a number of casualties, the station said.

Iraqi forces last month dislodged Islamic State militants from Fallujah, their stronghold just west of the capital that served as a launch pad for such attacks.

(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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