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Dozens Proclaimed Dead as Casualties from Baghdad Car Bombing Continue to Rise

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Shortly after the explosion the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in an online statement.

UPDATE 11:39 a.m. ET Wednesday: Three separate car bombings in the Iraqi capital Wednesday killed at least 93 people and wounded at least 165.

The Islamic State group later claimed responsibility for all three bombings. In recent months, the extremist faction has lost some of the Iraqi territory it conquered in a stunning 2014 blitz. But Wednesday's carnage demonstrates the group's lingering ability to launch significant attacks across the country and in the heart of the capital.

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