At least 25 dead in Baghdad double suicide attack

Two bombers attacked the area around city’s Tayran Square that is usually crowded by labourers seeking work

The bombers attacked Tayaran Square in the city centre (Photo: BBC)
The bombers attacked Tayaran Square in the city centre (Photo: BBC)

At least 25 people have been killed, and over 60 people wounded in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad, the Iraqi interior minister said.

The death toll from the attacks on Monday are expected to rise, as more bodied were recovered from the site, the minister said.

The attack happened in Tayaran Square in the city centre, a busy square where large crowds of construction workers gather to work.

Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Saad Maan said it was carried out by two suicide bombers in an area around the square that is usually crowded by labourers seeking work.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but it follows previous attacks by the Islamic State group.

An AFP reporter said there were a large number of security personnel at the site.

Baghdad has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks since the Islamic State group took over large areas of the country in 2014.

However, the pace of attacks has declined since the militants' defeat in December.

A suicide bomb attack on a checkpoint in the north of the city on Saturday killed at least five people, police said.

Iraqi and US officials have warned Isis would continue with insurgent-style attacks.

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