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ISIS Truck Bomb Kills at Least 80 in Baghdad Market


ISIS has claimed credit today for the largest single bombing attack against the Iraqi capital of Baghdad in a year. The truck bomb ripped through a crowded marketplace in Sadr City, killing at least 80 people and wounding at least 200 others in an impoverished Shi'ite district.

The fruit and vegetable market was crowded in the early morning, at the time of the attack, when the refrigerated truck loaded with explosives arrived, and the bomber started yelling to shoppers that he had cheap tomatoes to sell, luring large numbers close by before detonating, destroying most of the market.

Thursday is the busiest day of the market, according to locals, because people are stocking up for the weekend. A lot of refrigerated trucks come to the market on that day, making it easy for the ISIS bomber to blend into the throng and ensure the largest death toll possible.