Baghdad attack kills dozens

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BAGHDAD (AFP) – Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called for the elimination of jihadist “sleeper cells” yesterday after a twin suicide bombing killed at least 31 people in Baghdad in the second such attack in three days. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. “Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Tayyaran Square in central Baghdad,” said Gen Saad Maan, spokesman for the Joint Operations Command, which includes the army and police. A police officer reported “31 dead and 94 wounded”. Iraqi analyst Hisham al-Hashemi said attacks at the square since 2011 have killed 180 people, “often in the run-up to elections or just after the polls”. They aim to “create chaos and exacerbate sectarian divisions”, he said.

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