BAGHDAD – A car bomb at a popular auto dealership Saturday killed 13 people and injured 52 in eastern Baghdad’s volatile Sadr City neighborhood,
where a market bombing two days earlier killed dozens, police said.
The Habibiya car dealership, widely-known for buying and selling used vehicles, has been targeted multiple times in the past. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bombing in a communique distributed via affiliated Twitter accounts, saying the vehicle targeted a large gathering of the Iraqi army, federal police and government-backed Popular Mobilization Forces. A massive explosion in a Sadr City market on Thursday killed at least 67 people and wounded more than 100. The bombing, claimed by the Islamic State group, was one of the worst single-day attacks in Baghdad in a decade. Elsewhere in and around the capital, a series of bombings killed at least nine people and wounded 33.