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Iraq: Car bomb at market near Mosul kills 6

ISIS occupied Al Qayyarah from 2014 until it was ousted in 2016

A car bomb attack killed six people and wounded 26 more at a market in a town near Islamic State’s former Iraqi capital of Mosul, medics said.

Images of the scene posted on social media showed a devastated market in the town of Al Qayyarah, 60 kilometres (40 miles) south of Mosul, with wounded being evacuated as bystanders watched on.

“The attack killed six people and wounded 26,” doctor Abdelmoneim Majid al-Tabu, who heads the town’s health service, told AFP on Tuesday, October 23.

Al Qayyarah was held by ISIS after they swept through northern Iraq in 2014. No one has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack.

The jihadists were ousted from the town in 2016, almost a year before they were driven out of Mosul.

While ISIS has now lost all its urban footholds in Iraq it retains the capacity to launch deadly attacks, with cells operating in desert areas along the border with Syria.

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With reporting from AFP

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