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Iraqi people gather at the site of bomb attack in a busy market area in Baghdad's central al-Sinek neighborhood, Iraq, Saturday, Dec 31, 2016. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)

ISIS claimed responsibility for a pair of deadly suicide bombings in central Baghdad


At least 28 people were killed and 54 were injured in a pair of suicide bombings that targeted a busy market in central Baghdad Saturday. 

Gen. Saad Maan, a spokesman for Baghdad Operations Command, told CNN two suicide bombers carried out the attack in al-Sinak, a busy market where car accessories, food, clothes and machinery are sold. 

Police initially said a pair of back-to-back roadside bombs exploded.

Photos from the aftermath of the attack show Iraqis gathering and carrying body bags away from the scene of the blasts. 

The Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS, has claimed responsibility for the attacks, according to a statement from its Amaq News Agency. 

British and U.S. diplomats to Iraq condemned the "cowardly" attacks on Twitter. 

Baghdad, in particular, has been a target for suicide bombers in the past. 

A suicide truck bomb killed more than 200 people in July when it ripped through a busy shopping district in the country's capital city. That was the deadliest single attack on the city in several years, according to CNN. 

In addition, at least 15 were killed in three separate attacks in Baghdad on one day in September. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

ISIS claimed responsibility for a pair of deadly suicide bombings in central Baghdad

WATCH | Here's a look at video from the aftermath of the attack. 

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