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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Car Bomb Attack on Baghdad Food Market Leaves 30 Dead

BAGHDAD -- A car bomb ripped through a wholesale food market in western Baghdad on Sunday, flattening cars and shops and killing at least 30 people in the deadliest of a wave of attacks across Iraq that killed at least 50 people.

The attack came 11 weeks into a crackdown by U.S.-led forces intended to bring stability to Baghdad.

As part of that crackdown, U.S. and Iraqi forces raided the Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City early Sunday, uncovering a weapons cache, a torture room and killing at least eight insurgents in a gunbattle, the military said.

The troops had targeted four buildings based on intelligence indicating the presence of an insurgent cell that smuggled weapons from Iran and sent fighters there for training, the military said.

The target of the raid was not found, said Major General William Caldwell, the chief U.S. military spokesman.

In other violence, three U.S. troops were killed in separate attacks, the military said Sunday.

Two Marines were killed Saturday while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, a Sunni insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad, and a roadside bomb killed a soldier and wounded four others Friday in western Baghdad, the military said.

The market blast Sunday occurred around noon in the mixed Sunni-Shiite Baiyaa neighborhood. In addition to the dead, dozens of others were injured.

Hospital officials said two pickup trucks filled with body parts were brought to the morgue.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Baiyaa, the scene of frequent sectarian violence, including a bombing and mortar attack last week that killed seven people.