According to security and medical sources, at least 48 people have been killed in Baghdad in a third blast in the city in three days.
A car packed with explosives blew up outside of car dealerships in the Shia area of Bayaa in the southern part of the city. More than 50 people have been reported injured.
AFP reported that the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, which also claimed responsibility for a wave of suicide attacks in the first few days of 2017.
BBC reports: “The IS group has stepped up its attacks since the Iraqi army, aided by US-lef coalition strikes, launched its campaign to dislodge the Sunni militant group from its stronghold of Mosul in the north four months ago.”
The attack on February 15 targeted the Habibya area of Sadr City, a suburb in northern Baghdad while the car bomb on Tuesday, February 14 took place in the south of Baghdad.