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At least 55 people have been killed and 200 others injured in a massive truck bomb attack in Baghdad, police and sources have told Al Jazeera.
The attack on Thursday morning took place in a crowded vegetable market in Sadr City, a Shia district in the northeast of the Iraqi capital.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) released a statement online claiming the attack, according to the Reuters news agency.
Al Jazeera's Mohammed Jamjoom, reporting from Baghdad, described the attack as devastating and said the death toll was expected to rise. "We are being told that a suicide bomber drove into the busy market and detonated himself," our correspondent said.
"The attack happened in a predominantly Shia neighbourhood similar to an attack in Baquba city two days ago that also killed dozens of people," Jamjoom said.
"It is obviously an attack with a sectarian nature."
Iraq is experiencing an upsurge in instability with the government struggling to contend with the ISIL group.