BAGHDAD • Two bombs exploded in a busy market in central Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 27 people and wounding more than 50, police and medical personnel said.
The area that was the target of the twin bombings was packed with wholesale market stalls and teeming with daily labourers unloading vans and transporting their goods on their carts.
Police said the blasts went off near several car parts shops in the Sinak neighbourhood of Iraq's capital during the morning rush hour.
"Many of the victims were people from the spare parts shops in the area, and they were gathered near a cart selling breakfast food when the explosions went off," said Mr Ibrahim Mohammed Ali, who is the owner of a nearby shop.
One of the blasts was triggered by a suicide bomber, the other was a planted explosive, an Interior Ministry official told Reuters.
Terror suspect's videos show Madrid
MADRID • Spanish police found videos at the home of a suspected terrorist detained last week showing armed men in front of an image of a central Madrid square where thousands celebrate New Year's Eve, said judicial sources. The authorities were quick to allay fears, saying there was no indication an attack was in the works, but Spain has strengthened security during the holiday season.
Madrid has taken unprecedented measures, including using bollards and police vans on roads near the famous Puerta del Sol square, where Spaniards were to gather yesterday evening, to guard against truck attacks like those that hit Nice and Berlin.
Trucks have also been banned this week from parts of the city where people gather to watch traditional parades celebrating the arrival of the wise men after Jesus was born.
Israel issues India travel advisory
JERUSALEM • Israel has issued a warning of imminent "terrorist attacks" on tourists and Western targets in India, telling its citizens to avoid public places during year-end celebrations.
The Counter-Terrorism Bureau, in a statement released by the prime minister's office last Friday, raised the alert level and said it corresponded to a "concrete basic threat".
"We are warning Israeli tourists in India of the possibility of imminent terrorist attacks against Western targets and tourists, particularly in the south-west of that country," it said.
It also called on tourists to be "extremely vigilant during the New Year".
Torn clothing and mangled pieces of iron were strewn across the area, amid pools of blood at the site of the wreckage near Rasheed street, one of the main thoroughfares in Baghdad.
Medics carried off the casualties, while civilians were seen picking through the debris, including a damaged food cart that was ripped apart by the blast.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been responsible for previous attacks on civilians in the Iraqi capital.
ISIS has lost much of the northern and western territory it seized in 2014 and is now resisting an Iraqi offensive on the northern city of Mosul, the ultra-hardline militant group's last major stronghold in Iraq.
Iraqi forces faced fierce resistance from the militants in southern Mosul on Friday, while troops in the city's east and north cleared areas they had recaptured a day earlier.
ISIS has tried to hit back with major diversionary attacks on other targets across the country but has had little success in Baghdad.
Yesterday's bombings were the deadliest in the Iraqi capital since the start of the Mosul offensive on Oct 17.
At least 34 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a funeral tent in Baghdad's Shaab area on Oct 15.
REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE