Baghdad Bombing Kills 125 in Shopping District

Baghdad Bombing Kills 125 in Shopping District

A truck filled with TNT had gone through a Baghdadi shopping district and blew up after celebrating the first day of eid al-fitr in the morning.

Observers estimate about 125 people were killed in the attack including women and children.

The Islamic State militant group had claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The Karrada neighbourhood was awash with fear as 20 children and 20 women had died during the attack. The district was known for drawing in crowds, making it a prime target for IS.

Before the attack in Baghdad, the Islamic State had massacred hostages in a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh and had initiated suicide bombers inside the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey.

Meanwhile, public confidence for the government’s efforts in securing the country had people blame them for the possibility of attacks.

In Karrada, college student Sadeq al Zawini, 25, was watching as rescue workers pulled bodies from the rubble.

“We’ve had it with the Iraqi government and politicians. They can’t continue blaming Daesh and other terrorist groups. We need a solution,” he said. “I lost several friends myself, some are still missing,” he said, sobbing.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had surveyed the bomb area and were met with anger from residents. Some have even thrown objects to a convoy carrying al-Abadi in Karrada.

The Prime Minister had declared three days of mourning for the victims of the latest string of attacks.

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