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IS claimed Baghdad bombings kill 82

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BAGHDAD — At least 82people have been killed and more than 200 injured in two bombings, claimed by terror outfit Islamic State, that hit busy market in Baghdad on Saturday.

The first blast hit the Karrada neighborhood in the early hours of the day, as the territory was pressed with customers after nightfall ahead of the current weeks’ vacation denoting the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramazan.

Soon after the Karrada attack, another blast went off in eastern Baghdad, killing no less than five people.

The IS group issued a statement claiming the Karrada suicide besieging, saying it was carried out by an Iraqi as a as part of the group’s “ongoing security operations”.

The bombing came a week after Iraqi forces completely recaptured Fallujah, a city 50 kilometres west of Baghdad that was a key IS stronghold.

The attack set buildings in the area ablaze, reducing some to charred hulks and also torching shops.

Men carried the bodies of two victims out of one burned building and a crowd of people looked on from the rubble-filled street as firefighters worked at the site.

IS said the bombing targeted members of Iraq’s Shia Muslim majority, whom the Sunni extremists consider heretics and frequently attack in Baghdad and elsewhere.

Bombings in the capital have decreased since IS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in June 2014, apparently because the jihadists were occupied with operations elsewhere.

But the group has struck back against Iraqi civilians after suffering military setbacks, both as revenge and to portray itself as being on the offensive.

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Lightning strike kills woman in Saptari

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RAJBIRAJ — A woman was killed when lightning struck her in the field at Bishnupur Rural Municipality-6 in Saptari district on Saturday evening.

The victim is 50-year-old Keshari Devi Yadav, wife of Shailendra Kumar Yadav, Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar Singh said. She was struck by thunderbolt while picking up lentils in the field.

Another woman, Rinku Yadav who had gone together with Keshari to harvest lentil, has been injured in the incident. She is being treated at the Gajendra Narayan Singh Sagarmatha Zone Hospital at Rajbiraj.

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