Deadly twin suicide attack hits central Baghdad

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    A rare twin suicide bombing has killed at least 28 people and wounded 73 others on a bustling commercial street in the heart of Baghdad, the military said on Thursday, rupturing months of relative calm.

    Brigadier General Hazem al-Azzawi, the director of Baghdad Operations Command, told the Iraq News Agency (INA) that a “double explosion” hit a crowded market in the Bab al-Sharji area near Tayaran Square.

    Medical sources told the AFP news agency they feared the death toll could rise. The health ministry said it had mobilised medics across the capital to respond to the deadly attack.

    Al Jazeera’s Alexi O’Brien reports.

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