Baghdad Bombing Over Weekend Kills more than 100
Baghdad, Iraq- A car bomb exploded in the heart of a busy shopping district in the city on Sunday morning, local time of 10:30 a.m.. At least 125 were killed as the death toll steadily climbed overnight. Of those killed, 25 were children.
The first bombing occurred as families and young people were out in the Karrada district after breaking their Ramadan fast. It has been the practice of jihadists to attack Muslim groups they feel are “apostates” when they have just gone to eat after completing their dawn-to-dusk fast.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the carnage.
A second attack on Sunday morning in Eastern Baghdad killed 5 and wounded 16.
Twitter photo via @NPR
The Embassy of America condemned the attacks in Baghdad
U.S. Embassy Condemns Baghdad Attacks
The United States Mission in Iraq strongly condemns Da’esh’s recent terrorist attacks in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq, which have killed and injured hundreds of innocent civilians. Our deepest condolences go to the victims’ families and friends. We also wish a speedy recovery to the many people who were injured.
These attacks are yet another sign of Da’esh’s cowardly methods and contempt for human life. The United States remains committed to supporting Iraq in its efforts to defeat Da’esh and liberate all of Iraq.
By Sunday night, hundreds of people filled the streets in the Karrada District to protest the corruption security breaches that caused the mass casualty bombing. Many lit candles and held vigils for those who died. Alaraby out of the UK reported that Prime Minister Al-Abadi’s motorcade was pelted with rocks and plastic bottles as he attempted to visit the scene.
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Death toll from IS-claimed car bombing in Baghdad rises to at least 115; officials say it could rise further: https://t.co/VCa3OT9H9d
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