Baghdad : More than 120 people died in two bombings, Islamic State claims responsibility


Baghdad: The incident happened on Sunday when about 120 people were killed and 200 wounded in two bombings which was done overnight in Baghdad. The attacks were done in the most busy shopping area Karrada where people were shopping for eid festival.

Security had been ordered by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi after a series of deadly bombings in Baghdad. He stated, Falluja served as a launchpad for such attacks on the capital.

A refrigerator truck packed with explosives blew up in the central district of Karrada, killing 115 people and injuring at least 200.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement circulated online by supporters of the ultra-hard line Sunni group. It said the blast was a suicide bombing.

The shopping area ‘Karrada’ was busy at that time as people were shopping for the late hours for the ‘Eid’ which will end next week with the Eid al-Fitr festival.

The videos of the attack was posted on social media which showed people were running after the SUV convoy of Abadi as he departed Karrada after touring the scene, throwing pavement stones, bottles of water, empty buckets and slippers, venting their anger at the inability of the security forces to protect the area.

Another video posted on social media showed a large blaze in the main street of Karrada, a largely Shi'ite district with a small Christian community and a few Sunni mosques.

The Reuters TV footage revealed that in the attacks, about four buildings got rigourously damaged including shopping malls and cars were destroyed by fire.

The hand-held ADE 651 detectors were still in use. They were sold to Iraq and other nations by a British businessman who was jailed for 10 years in 2013 in the United Kingdom for endangering lives for profit, a  police officer in Baghdad said.