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Car bomb kills 8, injures over 50 in Iraq’s Tikrit city

world Updated: Mar 15, 2017 23:48 IST
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Burnt cars are seen at the site where a car bomb exploded in a crowded street in the Iraqi city of Tikrit , Iraq on March 15.(REUTERS)

Eight people were killed and more than 50 wounded when a car bomb exploded in a crowded street in the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Wednesday, a local official said.

The car was parked in al-Atibaa Street (“Doctors Street” in English) in downtown Tikrit, which is often crowded as it has many clinics.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing although Islamic State has carried out similar actions as it battles against a government offensive on its former stronghold in Mosul, 200 km (125 miles) north of Tikrit.

“Eight are killed and 52 are wounded from the Tikrit al-Atibaa street attack,” governorate media director Jamal Aqaab said. 

More than 20 people were killed on March 8 in a series of blasts that hit a wedding near Tikrit and targeted security forces at the scene shortly afterwards.

The retreat of Islamic State’s self-styled caliphate, which leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared from a mosque in Mosul’s old city in 2014, has been accompanied by bomb attacks in areas outside the group’s control, including Baghdad and cities in neighbouring Syria.