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12 Year Old Aussie Girl Killed In IRAQ Bombing


12 Year Old Aussie Girl Killed In IRAQ Bombing

A 12-year-old Victorian schoolgirl was at an ice cream parlour, during a short trip to Iraq to visit a sick family member, when she was reportedly killed in a terrorist attack.

Zaynb Al-Harbeya from Thomastown in Melbourne was at the shop with her uncles in the capital Baghdad when a car bomb explosion detonated on Tuesday, Nine Network reported on Wednesday.

The girl, who is believed to be in year seven at Sirius College in Broadmeadows, had been visiting her sick grandfather with her parents.

Sky news reports her funeral will be held on Wednesday.

The explosion has killed 17 people and wounded 32, Iraqi police and health officials said.

A closed-circuit camera captured the moment of the blast, showing a busy downtown avenue with cars driving down the street when it detonates. A huge fireball then engulfs a building, forcing the cars to scramble to get away.

Other videos of the attack posted on social media show wounded and bloodied people crying for help on the footpath outside the ice cream parlour.

In a second attack, an explosives-laden car went off during rush hour near the state-run Public Pension Office in Baghdad's busy Shawaka area, killing 14 and wounding at least 37 people, a police officer said.

In separate online statements, Islamic State claimed responsibility for the two attacks, saying its suicide bombers targeted gatherings of Shi'ites.

The attacks came just days into the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims fast during daylight hours.