Car bomb leaves at least 37 dead and 65 wounded in Iraq

The attack came shortly after the arrival of French President François Hollande

At least 37 people were killed and 65 were injured on Monday in an attack with a car bomb that was parked in a square in the mainly Shi’ite district of Sadr City in eastern Baghdad, Iraq .

The attack occurred shortly after arrival in the capital Iraqi President of France, François Hollande, who is now a schedule of meetings with leaders of the Arab country and then to go over the French troops in the north.

The car exploded shortly before noon local time (7 am in Brasília), and also caused damage to several vehicles and buildings nearby, the police source said. Security forces surrounded the area to prevent further attacks.

This was the third bombing in three consecutive days in Iraq following two suicide bombings that left 28 dead in Baghdad on New Year’s Eve and another similar attack that killed seven people in the southern city of Al Najaf yesterday.

The first two attacks were claimed by the Islamic State terrorist group, which currently faces the Iraqi army in the northern city of Mosul, the capital of the northern province of Ninawa.

The Iraqi army resumed its crackdown on the EI inside Mosul on Thursday and in the first days of fighting resumed several neighborhoods in the east of the city that were in the hands of the jihadists.

Hollande’s visit has as its main motive the offensive against the terrorist group, in which France participates with troops, tanks and airplanes.

Hollande will travel today to Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, about 50 miles from Mosul, where the French military bases are located.

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