A second deadly explosion has struck Baghdad, killing at least seven people and wounding 30, according to security sources and witnesses.

The blast at Al-Shahada Bridge came hours after a suicide car bomber in the Karrada district killed at least 15 people and wounded dozens who were gathered at an ice cream shop.

The second blast on Tuesday was also a car bomb attack, security officials said.

Ibrahim Al-Zararee, writing on Twitter, said he was “seconds away” from the attack.

“Yesterday I was a few hours away from the site of the explosion [in Karrada]. Today I was few seconds away from it,” he said. “The explosion today was near the General Retirement Department. A walking distance from the famous Mutanabi Street.”

Video posted to social media showed plumes of black smoke rising from a building.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), claimed responsibilty for the first attack, which came as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan got under way.

Both bombings happened during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, during which people stay up late and many eat out to prepare for the fast the next day.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the second bombing, though it also bore the hallmarks of ISIL. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

During Ramadan last year, another section of Karrada was hit by massive suicide bombing that killed close to 300 people, the deadliest single attack in the Iraqi capital in 13 years of war. The attack was also claimed by ISIL.

In the northern city of Mosul, Iraqi troops are pushing ISIL fighters out of their last strongholds.

Iraqi commanders say the offensive, which recently entered its eight month, will mark the end of ISIL in Iraq, but concede the group will likely increase attacks in the wake of military defeats.


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