x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Dozens killed in twin Iraq bombings

Two bombs have exploded in a market in the city of Kut, southeast of Baghdad.

BAGHDAD // At least 25 people have been have been killed after two bombs exploded in a market in a city southeast of Baghdad, an Iraqi spokesman says.

Lt. Col. Dhurgam Mohammed Hassan, the spokesman for Wasit province police, says the first bomb went off on Monday morning in a freezer used to keep drinks cold. Then as rescuers and onlookers gathered, a parked car bomb exploded.

He says construction workers were gathered in the area when the blast went off. Sixty people were also wounded in the explosions.

Unofficial reports are placing the death toll at more than 33.

Kut is 160 kilometres southeast of Baghdad.