VIDEO: Hospital scenes following deadly market blast in Iraq

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Thursday's blast, saying it targeted a gathering place of Shiites and vowed more attacks.

The truck detonated in the Jameela market in the Iraqi capital's crowded Sadr City neighbourhood shortly after dawn, according to two local police officers.

They also said that at least 152 people were wounded in the attack.

A look at the deadliest attacks in Iraq since the US pullout


— Dec. 22, 2011: Attackers hit markets, cafes and government buildings in mostly Shiite neighbourhoods of Baghdad, killing 69 people.

Iraq officials: Bombs in Diyala province kill over 40 people

The deadlier of Monday's two attacks happened near the provincial capital, Baquba, located 35 miles (60 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad. Police said a suicide car bomb tore through a marketplace, killing at least 35 people and wounding 72.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, in a statement distributed on Twitter, saying an Iraqi fighter named Abdullah al-Ansai detonated his explosives-laden vehicle in the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Huwaydah.

Thousands of Iraqis protest against government corruption


One of the women, whose names are blacked out in the reports, told school administrators that at a recent event, what started out as her texting with Norwood Teague about setting him up with one of her friends devolved into him repeatedly pinching her butt and asking to perform oral sex on her.

VIDEO: Four killed in car bomb attack

The explosion took place on Wednesday in the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City.

The official said the bomb detonated near the district government office.

At least 18 people were wounded in the attack, including four children.

A hospital official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke anonymously, as they are not authorised to brief the media.

Iraqi militias train young teens to face the threat of IS

This is summer camp in Iraq, set up by the country's largest paramilitary force after Iraq's top Shiite cleric issued an edict calling on students as young as middle-school age to use their summer vacations to prepare to fight the Sunni extremists.

These young fighters could have serious implications for the U.S.-led coalition, which provides billions of dollars in military and economic aid to the Iraqi government.