Iraq hit by bomb blast and prison escape

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By Euronews
Iraq hit by bomb blast and prison escape

A car bomb has rocked the Iraqi capital Baghdad, killing at least seven people and wounding more than a dozen others.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, which happened in the central Karrada area, but it reportedly bore the hallmarks of ISIL.

The extremist group, along with other Sunni militants, has been waging war against Iraq’s Shiite majority among others.

Meanwhile, 50 inmates and 12 police officers have died in a prison escape to the northeast of Baghdad.

Officials claim the breakout, at the Al-Khalis facility, was organised by ISIL.

Militants are said to have broken into the prison, before Shiite militiamen reportedly stormed the building and killed around 60 of them.

The Iraqi government is battling ISIL with the help of US air strikes.