February 15, 2017 / 2:56 PM / 5 months ago

Suicide truck bomber kills at least 15 in Sadr City suburb of Baghdad - security sources

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Iraqi security forces and people gather at the site where a suicide bomber detonated a pick-up truck in Sadr City, a heavily populated poor Shi'ite suburb of Baghdad, Iraq February 15, 2017.Stringer

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber detonated a pick-up truck on Wednesday in Sadr City, a heavily populated poor Shi'ite suburb of Baghdad, killing at least 15 and wounding 50, security sources said.

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The explosion, the deadliest in Baghdad so far this year, targeted a crowded street full of garages and used car dealers.

Islamic has stepped up bombings in Iraq last year, in retaliation to a U.S.-backed campaign that dislodged the hardline Sunni group from most Iraqi cities it took over in 2014. The militants also control parts of neighbouring Syria.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Alison Williams

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