The newest ISIS bombing in a bustling commercial street in downtown Baghdad, the capital city of Iraq, on Saturday July 2 has left a counting death toll of 200 citizens in what is reported as the deadliest single terror attack.
War and Insurgent in Iraq has lasted for a decade now and fear of more bombing looms over the Ramadan celebration.
According to International and Local reports, a suicide truck bomb ripped through the busy shopping district, at Karrada neighborhood. The mostly Shiite section lined with clothing and jewelry stores, restaurants and cafes.
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The blast struck during the holy month of Ramadan, with the streets and sidewalks filled with young people and families after they had broken their daylight fast, and prepared for Eid al-Fitr – the day that marks the end of the holiday this week.
Report says at least 147 were wounded in the attack which killed at least 125 people, including 25 children and 20 women who were inside a multi-story shopping and amusement mall. Dozens burned to death or suffocated, a police officer said.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack through a statement posted online – on a militant website commonly used by the extremists.
A second bomb exploded on early Sunday July 3, at an outdoor market in the Shaab neighborhood of the southeastern Baghdad – another Shiite-dominated neighborhood, Killing 5 people and wounded 16, authorities said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Before the incident, ISIS promised an uptick in terror attacks during Ramadan. The Baghdad assault came just days after massacres at a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, and security targets in Yemen.
CNN reports that Iraqi forces, supported by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, have secured a string of victories against ISIS over the past year and a half, retaking the cities of Tikrit, Ramadi and Fallujah, which was declared fully liberated from the extremist group just over a week ago.
Security force within Baghdad is fragmented, screening for explosives at the ubiquitous checkpoints in and around the city often rely on electronic wands that have been repeatedly discredited.
The city of Baghdad is handled by an array of armed groups that are allied with the government but also loyal to political parties or militias and often do not coordinate or share information.
Angry citizens blamed the city’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and other government officials when they try to survey the bomb damage. They throw objects at a convoy carrying the minister and yelling, “get out!, thief!.”
In a statement on Sunday, al-Abadi condemning the attack and describing the loss of life as a “painful tragedy” that “robbed Iraqis of the delight of their victories against the reprehensible (Islamic State group) in Fallujah.”
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Recount of Bomb Attacks in Baghdad this year and recent weeks
Baghdad has witness many car bombings since this year, 2016, and in recent weeks. One of the worst incidents occurred in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood May 11, when a car packed with explosives detonated, killing at least 64 people and wounding 87, according to security officials.
A week later in the same Sadr City, three more explosions were set off, another 24 people were killed and 71 were wounded.