The scene of the attack in Tayran Square, Baghdad, on January 15, 2017 (Photo by KHALID AL-MOUSILY /REUTERS)

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:20 AM) – A double suicide attack on a busy market square in central Baghdad has left at least 38 people dead on Monday, according to Iraqi officials.

The attack struck Tayran Square in the Iraqi capital during rush hour, when the place was crowded with labourers and people looking for jobs. So far, 38 people have been reported dead, and at least 105 wounded.

No group has officially claimed responsibility for the attack, but it bears the mark of organisations such as ISIS, which has carried out similar attacks in the past. This marks the first major attack on Baghdad since the terrorist organisation was driven out of the territory it held across the nation in the past.

ISIS once controlled nearly half of Iraq, with most of the north and west of the nation under its control from its rise in 2014 until its military defeat in November 2017. Despite its loss of territory and total defeat at the hands of the Iraqi armed forces, however, the organisation vowed to continue carrying out terrorist attacks on the country.

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