At least 36 killed Monday in a suicide bomber attack in Baghdad


At least 36 people were killed. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the bomber pretended to be a man seeking to hire day laborers. The attack took place in Sadr City, a vast Shiite district in eastern Baghdad that has been repeatedly targeted by Sunni extremists since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. An angry crowd cursed the government, even after a representative of al-Sadr tried to calm them. Three smaller bombings elsewhere in the city on Monday killed another seven civilians and wounded at least 30, according to medics and police officials. Hollande met with al-Abadi and President Fuad Masum, and was expected to travel to the self-governing northern Kurdish region to meet French troops and local officials. France is part of the American-led coalition formed in 2014 to fight ISIS.


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