Two suicide blasts at a market in central Baghdad on Thursday killed at least 28 people, according to the Iraqi military.

A further 73 people were injured, Major General Kadhem Bohan, the head of Iraq's civil defense unit, told reporters.

Attack such as this in the Iraqi capital have been rare since the military defeat of the "Islamic State" in Iraq in 2017.

The first suicide bomber rushed into the market and claimed to feel sick, so that people would gather around him. He then detonated his an explosive belt, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

A second attacker detonated his bomb as people gathered around the victims of the first attack, the ministry said.

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